GHS releases guidelines for resumption of international air travel

Kotoka International Airport is set to announce safety protocols as Ghana prepares to resume international flights.

The protocols were contained in a press statement communicated to the Airport authorities by the Ghana Health Service.

With Ghana recording declining active cases, the president has hinted that the borders could be opened September 1, this year.

For that to happen, the president said the government will be testing the capacity of the airports to ensure passengers can use the airports at minimal risks of contracting coronavirus.

Below are the measures the GHS has ordered KIA to put in place:

1.  Ensure there is no congestion at all sections of the airport (arrival, departure and environs) to fail adherence to social distancing protocols.

2. Compulsory mask wearing for all passengers (both arriving and departing) as well as staff

3. Temperature monitoring to continue at both arrival and departure terminals

4. Ensure social distancing and compulsory mask-wearing at the car parks and in front of all terminals.

There has been increasing clamour among some Ghanaians abroad who yearn for a return to the country.

The borders, including air traffic, was closed in March. The nearly seven months of no air travels is believed to be impacting many businesses and families.

The Government has been announcing some limited flights to evacuate Ghanaians who are able to cough up hundreds of dollars for hotel and quarantine costs.

Not many can afford the financial aspect and are waiting for the day when the airports will be reopened.

The Ghana Health Service is hopeful these measures if adhered to will reduce the potential risks of COVID-19 transmission.

It has also assured the airport management of its highest form of cooperation to “develop the enabling protocols for ensuring passengers and staff safety.”

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