- Not all passengers who arrived at the Kotoka International Airport underwent the mandatory COVID-19 test
- Some of the passengers said their reason for not undergoing the test was because they did not fall within the category of those who needed to be tested
- If the journey is less than 6hrs and the passenger possesses a test certificate from the country they are coming from, then on arrival in Ghana only the COVID test certificate would be presented
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The Kotoka International Airport, yesterday, September 1, 2020, opened to receiving the first batch of international travels since the closure of the country's air borders in March 2020.
At the arrival terminal of KIA, some passengers who got there revealed that they did not undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing.
In a news report monitored by YEN.com.gh on TV3'S News360, some of the passengers said their reason for not undergoing the test was because they did not fall within the category of those who needed to be tested.
Speaking in an interview with TV3's Komla Adom, one of the passengers confirmed that her flight was not part of those who were supposed to be tested.
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If the journey is less than 6hrs and the passenger possesses a test certificate from the country they are coming from, then on arrival in Ghana only the COVID test certificate would be presented
Contrary to that, if the journey to Ghana is more than 6hrs, on arrival in Ghana the passenger has to undergo the mandatory test at KIA.
Meanwhile, the report stated that others also underwent the 30 minutes mandatory process at the airport, which was reportedly not stressful.
Confirming why some things did not go as planned at the airport, the Deputy Minister in charge of National Security, Henry Quartey, said those who were on the KLM chartered flights were granted waivers to enter the country.
He however said they are expecting a report on the process at the airport to be able to take some steps to make it even more efficient.
READ ALSO: Akufo-Addo confirms opening of Kotoka International Airport
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 16th COVID-19 address confirmed that the Kotoka International Airport would begin operation on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
According to him all passengers who would be reporting to the Kotoka International Airport are to have a negative COVID-19 test result.
He made it clear that all passengers who would be disembarking at the KIA aside possessing a negative COVID-19 test result, need to undertake another test, with that individual bearing his or her own cost.
In view of this, during a tour of the airport and a subsequent press conference at the same venue, President Akufo-Addo announced that passengers would be required to pay an amount of $150 for testing.
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