GHS Outline Reviews Of Covid-19 Protocols For International Travellers

The Ghana Health Service has outlined reviews of covid-19 protocols for International Travellers.

According to GHS, there has been a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Ghana over the past two months until the global picture of COVID-19 changed since early November 2021.

In a communique signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, it said "Globally several countries are experiencing their fourth wave. A number of travelers from these countries come to Ghana and this is expected to increase during the festive season. This current surge in COVID-19 cases is being reflected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA)"

He added that in November 2020, 168 cases were detected compared to 241 cases in November 2021, an increase of over 40%

He further stated that the country has since been recording an average of 20 positive cases a day at KIA.

"For these positive cases, there is a significant difference in the percentage of COVID-19 infection based on vaccination status recorded at KIA. Available data from KIA, show that a COVID-19 positive person is three times more likely to be unvaccinated", he noted.

Touching on the new variant, Omicron, he disclosed that it has been detected at the KIA Airport.

"Of the 34 cases detected, 75% of them were unvaccinated. Over the last two weeks, cases from airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country"

"The current increase in cases together with the detection of the Omicron variant among international arrivals and the expected increase during the festive season calls for urgent actions to prevent a major surge in COVID-19 cases in Ghana"

The communique mentioned that to avert the covid-19, some directives are to be implemented effective midnight 12th December 2021.Travelers to Ghana

Touching on travelers to Ghana, it said "All persons 18 years and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine"

The communique mentioned that all unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents of Ghana who are currently outside the country and intend to return within 14 days from the midnight of 12th December 2021 are exempted.

However, they would be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.

On traveling out of Ghana, he hinted that all Ghanaians travelling out of the country are to be fully vaccinated effective midnight 12th December 2021.

Stressing on who qualifies as a fully vaccinated individual, he said "A person is said to be fully vaccinated when he/she has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana"

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye noted that persons who have had two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Sputnik V will be declared as fully vaccinated.

"One dose is required for Johnson and Johnson to be declared fully vaccinated. COVID-19 Vaccines Approved and Registered by FDA, Ghana includes; AstraZenec, Sputnik V, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna.

The communique mentioned that other arrival requirements remain unchanged.

"The 72-hour Negative PCR test requirement prior to travel • Completion of the Health Declaration Form. All persons who arrive in Ghana will undergo Antigen test

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith