#COVID 19:Kotoka International Airport to reopen September 1; land, sea borders remain closed.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that Kotoka International Airport be reopened effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020 while other borders including land and sea still remain closed.

During a televised broadcast of the 16th Address on the management of Covid-19 in the country, he revealed that the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) will be reopened on Tuesday, 1st September 2020.

“I am glad to announce that the Kotoka International Airport will resume operations on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. This has been communicated to all international airlines,”

According to President Akufo-Addo, Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has introduced and enforced new measures to prioritize the health and safety of passengers and staff, including temperature checks, the making the wearing of face masks mandatory, physical distancing protocols in the airport and on-board aircraft, and the increased use of sanitizer as it is being reopened.

KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BE REOPENED ON 1ST SEPTEMBER 2020.

President Akufo further went on to state that in Update 15, he announced the restrictions in some areas of national life as preparations were in full section towards the reopening of KIA. He therefore added that he was satisfied with the preparations done so far, hence it was safe for KIA to be reopened.

“Fellow Ghanaians, in Update No.15, I announced the easing of restrictions in some areas of national life. I also indicated my hope that preparations and simulation exercises underway, including the installation of COVID-19 testing facilities at Kotoka International Airport, would give us a clear indication as to whether or not we could re-open the airport on 1st September. After weeks of thorough work, I am satisfied that it is safe to do so” he added.

Kotoka International Airport reopened
File Photo: Kotoka International Airport terminals

KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to be reopened on 1st September 2020 amidst laid down protocols

The president made it clear that although he is satisfied with the preparations for the reopening of KIA, there are however some protocols to be observed.

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  1. Any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned
  2. Disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks;
  3. Upon disembarking from the aeroplane, each passenger will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within thirty (30) minutes;
  4. children under the ages of five (5) will not be required to undergo testing at the airport
  5. passengers, who test positive for COVID-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management;
  6. passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.

Ghana’s air, sea and land borders were closed on Sunday, March 22, 2020, as part of measures of mitigating against the spread of the virus, since the first set of cases were imported cases from outside the country, hence leading to the spread.

SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI

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