If you’re planning to travel to Ghana, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Ghana reopened to international flights in September 2020. However, land and sea borders remain closed. All visitors must have proof of a negative test and take a further test on arrival.
What’s on offer
Ghana may be blessed with some of West Africa’s finest beaches, but it’s so much more than a place to sunbathe. Its coastal forts offer an unflinching insight into the slave trade which was run by the British from these shores. The rambling Kejetia Market, in Kumasi, in the southwest of the country, is said to be the largest in this part of the continent, selling everything from jewelry to footwear. In the north, Mole National Park is the ideal place to see some of Africa’s most famous animals, including elephants, hippos, and warthogs.
Who can go
All visitors are now allowed into Ghana via Accra, as long as they have a negative test or undertake a second test on arrival at Kotoka International Airport.
What are the restrictions?
Unless they are Ghanaian residents who are returning to the country after having been away for one week or less, all passengers aged five and over must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and also undertake an additional antigen test on arrival. This costs $50 per passenger for Ghanaians and citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and $150 for everyone else, with results available within 30 minutes. Payment must be made online prior to boarding the flight to Ghana. Ghanaian residents who have left Ghana for one week or less do not need to present a negative PCR test for departure, but still, have to undertake the mandatory antigen test on arrival. In April, Ghana began digital verification of Covid-19 test results, to combat the circulation of fake results. Anyone testing positive on arrival will immediately be transferred to the hospital for further assessment. Non-residents required to isolate in a government health facility must do so at their own cost, while for Ghanaians the cost will be covered by the state. All passengers must complete an online health declaration form and may be asked to do so again on board before landing.
What’s the Covid situation?
Ghana had registered 96,317 cases of Covid-19 and 796 deaths as of July 5. The US has moved Ghana to its Level 1 travel advisory, putting it among the world’s lowest-risk destinations, where travel is permitted and full vaccination is advised.
What can visitors expect?
Masks are mandatory in public and when using public transit — not wearing one is an arrestable offense. This includes places such as markets and car parks.