Ghana Blacklist Israel, South Korea, and Malta over Covid-19

Beginning Monday, December 20, the Ghana government has imposed a ban on flights arriving from Israel, South Korea, and Malta through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

The travel ban to and from the three countries is the government’s latest effort to limit the importation of Covid-19 Omicron variants into the country.

The Ministry stated that the travel ban on Israel would be in effect for 14 days, except in exceptional humanitarian cases or during official visits, for which permission would be required from the Ministry.

Flights from South Korea would be prohibited for 14 days, while flights from Malta would be prohibited indefinitely.

In addition to the indefinite travel ban, the ministry stated in the press release that “the Government of Ghana does not recognize any vaccine certificate issued by Malta.”

As a result, the Ministry urged the traveling public to take note of the directive and follow it to the letter.

Prerequisites for Travel

In his 27th address, President Akufo-Addo highlighted new travel prerequisites in the midst of the country’s land board closures.

In addition to being fully vaccinated, all visitors to the country must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours and must take a mandatory Covid-19 test upon arrival at the airport, excluding children aged five to twelve, he said.

Airlines that fail to comply with the guideline face a $3,500 fine for each passenger who arrives at Kotoka International Airport without first being fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Any passenger who tests positive at the airport will be kept in isolation at a designated isolation facility, and a non-Ghanaian will be treated at his or her own expense,” the President said.

Unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents who leave the country before December 14th and return before December 28th will be offered vaccination at the airport.

“The Ghana Health Service informs us that an overwhelming majority, that is, seventy-five percent (75 percent), of the positive cases recorded at Kotoka have come from unvaccinated passengers,” President Akufo-Addo said.

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