Q: Are we moving forward with the Sankofa Tour in light of COVID?
A: Yes, we continue to move forward with the Sankofa Tour. IWC continues to monitor COVID in Ghana as well as the United States. We receive a monthly update from the CDC relative to Ghana. Below is where travel stands to date. Please note that this is fluid and subject to change. We cannot predict COVID changes; we do continue to remain positive and move forward with our plans. As new information becomes available, we will notify you.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?
- Yes. Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for regular international passenger travel. Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. Individuals arriving in Ghana by air must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin not more than 72 hours prior to departure. (We will discuss this process as we get closer to September 2022).
- Is proof of vaccination required for entry? Yes
All persons 18 years-old and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine. . A person is said to be fully vaccinated when he or she has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana. You need two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Sputnik V to be declared as fully vaccinated. One dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine is required to be declared fully vaccinated.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
Upon arrival, each traveler age five and over must undergo a temperature screening and COVID-19 test conducted at the airport.
- The test carries a $150 fee per person. Travelers MUST pay the fee online before departure at https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana and present proof of payment to the airline prior to boarding. IWC will discuss this as we get closer to September 2022.)
- Test results will usually be available within 30 minutes. Travelers who test negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to enter Ghana with no quarantine requirement, but will be advised to continue to observe COVID safety precautions following arrival in Ghana. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana, asymptomatic or not, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center, for seven (7) days at the traveler’s expense. Final discharge of cases will be based on existing Ghana Government case management COVID guidelines and protocols.
- All international departing passengers will be required to meet the following guidelines prior to departure:
- Passengers will be required to adhere to COVID testing requirements for destination countries;
- Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of Terminal 3 departures;
- Only passengers and persons with business in the terminal will be allowed entry;
- Online check-in or the use of self-service kiosks is strongly encouraged to reduce physical contact at the airport;
- Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least four (4) hours before the scheduled departure time.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Domestic airplanes, taxis, and buses are permitted to operate at full capacity. Face coverings are required in public.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
- Individuals who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana will not be required to quarantine.
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana, asymptomatic or not, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center, for seven (7) days at traveler’s expense. All passengers who are in quarantine will undergo a repeat COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, also at traveler’s expense.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for regular international passenger travel. Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Domestic airplanes, taxis, and buses are operating at full capacity. Face coverings are required in public.
Fines for Non-Compliance
- Not wearing a face covering in public could result in a fine of 12,000 to 60,000 cedis, and/or a prison sentence of four to ten years.
- All U.S. citizens in Ghana are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrolment Program (STEP). STEP is a free service that will allow you to receive regular travel, health, and safety email alerts from the U.S. Embassy. (This will be discussed at our next informational.)
CDC. January 2022.