Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on January 5.

(CNN) — 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.

The basics

Ghana is open to international flights, but land and sea borders have been closed since the start of the pandemic. As of December 13, 2021, all adults have to be vaccinated in order to enter the country.

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

Visitors are allowed into Ghana by flying into Accra, but they must be vaccinated and must also present a negative PCR test.

The operators of Kotoka International Airport are fining airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival.

Entry requirements

All visitors over 18 need to offer proof that they they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

All passengers aged five and over must also 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..

Anyone testing positive on arrival will immediately be transferred to 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.

US CDC Travel Advisory:

Level 1: Low. Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling.

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Last year, US music legend Stevie Wonder announced to Oprah Winfrey that he plans to move to Ghana.

Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Maureen O’Hare contributed to this report

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