Reduced COVID-19 testing fee for ECOWAS nationals to take effect from February 8

Reduced COVID-19 testing fee for ECOWAS nationals to take effect from February 8

- The reduction in COVID-19 testing fees for ECOWAS nationals will take effect from Monday, February 8, 2021

- Travelers from other West African countries are expected to pay $50 for their tests instead of $150

- The payment must be made online, and with a receipt shown to the airline

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The price reduction for COVID-19 testing for ECOWAS nationals will from Monday, February 8, 2021, take effect according to the Ghana Airport Company.

Instead of $150, travelers from other West African countries are expected to pay $50 for their test upon their arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.

In a report filed by Citinews, the GAC stated that the payment must be made online, and with a receipt shown to the airline before boarding their flight.

COVID-19 testing: Price reduction for ECOWAS nationals to take effect from February 8
COVID-19 testing: Price reduction for ECOWAS nationals to take effect from February 8
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Failure of the airline to ensure this directive is followed to the latter, will attract a fine of $3,500 by the airline.

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The development follows the ECOWAS’ capping at $50, the cost of COVID-19 PCR test for nationals travelling within the region.

This was agreed at the 58th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Following the announcement last month, passengers were complaining they were still paying the old fee as they requested clarity.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 23rd COVID-19 address to the nation, clarified the charges for Covid-19 PCR test at the Kotoka International Airport.

According to the him, only Ghanaian and ECOWAS citizens will pay 50 dollars instead of the 150 dollar charge.

He added that foreign nationals who are not within ECOWAS will be made to pay $150 dollars for the Covid-19 PCR test.

Meanwhile, the legislator for the North Tongu constituency in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, earlier advocated for Ghanaians to have free Covid-19 tests.

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According to him, having a free COVID-19 test will go a long way to get many Ghanaian to know their COVID status.

Still on COVID-19, Ghana’s Oti Region, part of the new regions by President Akufo-Addo, has recorded its first case of the coronavirus pandemic.

A letter confirming the case was sent to all district and municipal directors of health services at the Ghana Health Service in the Oti Region.

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