President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 15th national address stated that the government is working to reopen Ghana’s borders depending on the readiness and ability to ensure that every passenger who arrives in Ghana is tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ghana’s borders is therefore to be reopened on September 1 after five months of being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the nation Sunday evening, President Akufo-Addo stated that Ghana is now in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to prevent the spread of the virus.
Consequently, he said the government was hoping that by September 1, 2020, the assessment of the readiness to test all passengers would have been completed to enable the borders to re-open. This was made known with the following statements:
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“I know many still ask when our borders, especially our international airport, Kotoka International Airport, will be open. Under my instructions, 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 our readiness to reopen our airport.
I want to ensure that 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 that, by God’s grace, we will be ready to do so by 1st September.
Until further notice, our borders, by air, land, and sea, remain closed to human traffic. For Ghana residents stranded abroad, a special dispensation will continue to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana, where they will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols.”
The nation’s borders were closed to slow the spread of the virus in March 2020.