Govt sets to reopen the country’s airport on September 1
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced September 1, for the reopening of the country’s borders by air.
According to him, the Ministry of Aviation, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd have been working with the Ministry of Health and its agencies, to ascertain the readiness of the country to reopen the airport.
Speaking in a televised address on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo stated that there was the need for government to ensure every prospective entrant into the country by air is tested on arrival.
This, he said would help to determine the safety of the people before borders by air are reopened.
“I want to be sure we are in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus. The outcome of that exercise will show us the way and determine when we can reopen our border by air. I am hoping by God’s grace, we will be ready to do so by September 1,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He however maintained that land borders would remain closed until the success of the exercise.
Ghana’s air, sea and land borders were closed on Sunday, March 22, 2020, as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The closure left thousands of Ghanaians stranded abroad who have consistently appealed for help over the last few months.
The President reminded that “special dispensation will continue to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana.”
But the government’s pre-condition for evacuation was that the stranded citizens bear the full cost of their ticket 14-day mandatory quarantine when they arrive in the country because of the threat of the novel coronavirus.
In some instances, the government has subsidised the cost of travel and quarantine.