Following the 58th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held via video conferencing on Saturday, January 23, 2021, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says testing for COVID-19 for all ECOWAS nationals has been capped at $50.
Nana Akufo-Addo stated in a national broadcast on Sunday, January 31, 2021, that the cost for other nationals outside the sub-region will remain at $150.
“At the 58th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, held virtually, it was agreed that the cost of the COVID-19 test for inbound ECOWAS nationals at the Kotoka International Airport should be set at fifty United States dollars ($50). The cost of the COVID test for non-ECOWAS nationals at Kotoka International Airport remains one hundred and fifty dollars ($150),” President Akufo-Addo stated.
Prior to his announcement, Ghana charged all visitors from outside the country $150 for the COVID-19 test.
Following the ECOWAS meeting, a communiqué was issued that stated, “The Authority approves the harmonised ECOWAS Protocol for cross-border movement of persons and goods during the pandemic and caps the cost of COVID-19 PCR test for travel within the region by ECOWAS nationals at a maximum of US$50.”
Residents in some member countries have complained about the high cost of the test when travelling to neighbouring countries, particularly at ports of entry.
Ghana has confirmed 1,117 positive COVID-19 cases among visitors arriving at Kotoka International Airport.
841 of them have made a full recovery. There are 276 active cases in this population.
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