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(Updated Tuesday, 3rd January 2023; 11:27am)

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GHANA (Accra) (Updated January 3rd, 2023; 11:28 am)

Updated Covid-19 Guidelines for Kotoka International Airport (KIA)
Revision 12: Effective Date: 3rd January 2023 at 11:23 hours (UTC)

  1. Pre-arrival / arrival processes

Travelers intending to enter Ghana

a. All international passengers including those from the ECOWAS region must complete a port health declaration form at https://www.ghs-hdf.org/hdf/ before embarkation of flight to Ghana.

b. All persons arriving in Ghana (citizens, residents, and visitors) who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from any form of testing done either prior to boarding from the originating country or on arrival in 0047hana except passengers originating their journey from China.

c. Passengers originating their journey from China will be required to present a valid negative covid-19 PCR test result in 48 hours prior to departure from the originating country. In addition, such passengers will be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival at the Kotoka international airport at no cost.

d. All other passengers, originating their journey from elsewhere other than China

i.e., Ghanaian citizens, permanent residents of Ghana, or non-Ghanaians, who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to departure from the originating country. In addition, such passengers will be required to undergo mandatory covid-19 testing on arrival at the Kotoka international airport at no cos

e. In addition to the above, passengers may be randomly selected and offered a test on arrival

f. Non-Ghanaians traveling to Kotoka international airport with fake or forged vaccination certificates shall be quarantined and returned to point of embarkation at their own cost.

g. Airlines that bring passengers to Kotoka international airport who are not fully vaccinated or passengers originating their journey from China without a valid negative covid-19 PCR test result 48 hours prior to the departure would be surcharged $3500.

h. All arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening, yellow fever card verification and

Covid-19 vaccination certificate verification as required

  1. Transit passenger a. Passengers transiting and transferring through KIA will be required to fully adhere to covid-19 testing requirements at the destination

 

  1. Exemptions

a. Children less than 18 years of age are exempt from mandatory vaccination, pre-departure PCR testing, and testing on arrival in Ghana.

b. Airline crew are exempted from the pre-1 departure and arrival c10vid-19 testing and should follow the airline policy for testing.

c. Passengers who arrive under emergency circumstances such as diverted flights will not be required to undergo testing if they do not leave the airport or remain in isolation in their hotel.

  1. Travelling with pets a. Travelling with pets into, Ghana is allowed in line with the guidelines of the veterinary services directorate of the ministry of food & Agriculture.
  1. Departure process – passengers exiting Ghana a. Passengers departing Accra will be required to adhere to covid-19 testing b. Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of terminal 3 departures
  2. Wearing the nose mask

Wearing of nose mask is recommended in all airport terminals and ancillary buildings

  1. Definition of fully vaccinated – a person is said to be fully vaccinated when he/she has taken the “full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the food and drugs authority (FDA), Ghana or 1other vaccines prequalified by who (https://covid19.trackva1ccines.org/agency/who) as in table 1.

All passengers must present a valid covid-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were Fully vaccinated at least 14 days before embarkation except partially vaccinated or

Unvaccinated Ghanaians are required to present a negative 48hrs PCR test result

Airline before embarkation and to port health upon arrival.

List of Covid-19 vaccines approved for travelers into Ghana

https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/agency/who/

Covid-19 vaccines granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)

  1. Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) – Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia
  2. CovishieldTM (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation) – Serum Institute of India (SIIPL) India
  3. COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Ad26.COV2. S) – Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
    – Einsteinweg 101, 2333 CB Leiden,
    – The Netherlands
  4. Pfizer – BioNTech’s Comirnaty (BNT162B2) – BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
    – Kupferbergterrasse 17-19, 55116 Mainz Germany
    – Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV
    – Rijksweg 12, 2870 Puurs, Belgium
  5. Moderna’s Spikevax (mRNA 1273) – Rovi Pharma Industrial Services, S.A
    – San Sebastian de los Reyes Paseo de Europa, 50 28703.
    – Madrid, Spain
  6. Vaxzevira (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) (AZD1222) – AstraZeneca AB (Sweden)
    – SK Bioscience Co Limited (Republic of Korea)

Others Granted Emergency use listing (EUL) by WHO

7. COVAXIN – Bharat Biotech, India

8. BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells) – Sinopharm, (Beijing) China
9. CoronaVac – Sinovac, China.
10. COVOVAX™ COVID-19 vaccine (SARS-CoV-2 rS Protein Nanoparticle [Recombinant]) – Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd
11. NUVAXOVID™ COVID-19 vaccine (SARS-CoV-2 rS [Recombinant, adjuvanted]) – Novavax CZ a.s.

https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/agency/who/
N/B: The first dose of Johnson and Johnson and 2nd dose of all other approved vaccines should be at least 14 days prior to embarkation to be qualified as fully vaccinated.

10. Traveller Role – Uploading the vaccination card onto the PanaBIOS trusted travel platform

a. Create an account on the AU-endorsed site: https://trustedtravel.panabios.org or on the UNDP-endorsed Global Haven site: www.globalhaven.org
b. Click on the “Trusted Vaccines” tab.
c. Choose user type to create vaccination booklet (self or dependent if uploading for someone).
d. Indicate the country of vaccination.
e. Choose pathogen/disease (SARS-CoV-2).
f. Fill out the vaccination campaign column (i.e., Type of vaccines and the number of shots).
g. Fill in the vaccination record (i.e. Batch number, manufacturer, vaccination date and vaccination card number).
h. Upload the vaccination card.
i. The system will verify your vaccine records and issue you with a code and a pass.
j. Either the vaccine code or the pass is adequate for travel.
k. The vaccine code or the pass will be verified and validated by Port Health before departure and upon arrival in Ghana.
l. The vaccine code or the pass will be re-validated by the airline before check-in at departure.
m. If unvaccinated, take a PCR test within 48 hours of your embarkation to Ghana and validate the test result at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org or www.globalhaven.org

11. Airline Role

a. Airline pre-embarkation staff must confirm that passengers have BOTH a Vaccine Code from PanaBIOS and a Vaccine Card before check-in.
b. Airline operators should inspect, and ensure that every passenger shows proof of a pre-validated vaccination certificate (QR Code) from the PanaBios platform before they are allowed to board the flight.
c. Sanctions will be applied by Port Health to airlines that do not comply with the guidelines and protocols.

12. Port Health Role

a. Port Health will validate the vaccination certificate both physically and using the PanaBIOS platform of travellers embarking and disembarking at the airport, seaport, and ground crossing.
b. Port Health will provide technical assistance, supervise, and monitor the airlines to enhance effective implementation.
c. Port Health will apply sanctions to airlines that do not comply with the guidelines:
d. Disembark travellers who did not upload their vaccination certificates

e. Disembark Non-Ghanaian(s) who are not fully vaccinated per the guidelines
f. Travelers who are found to possess ‘fake’ or ‘vaccination certificates belonging to other persons’ will be handed over to the National Security.

Customer support: globalhaven@panabios.org. Additional information on how to comply with these directives is available at: www.panabios.org/advisories/Ghana

Additional information and guides can be accessed on the Ghana Health Service and Africa CDC website (www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel). Customer service and technical support can be reached via globalhaven@panabios.org.

 

NIGERIA (Lagos and Abuja) (Updated 13th December 2022; 11:52 am)

Revised COVID-19/ public health guidelines for all aviation service providers (domestic and international operations)

Preamble:

The prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and most parts of the world has remained at a low level for a sustained period. The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) has therefore revised the COVID-19/ Public Health guidelines as follows:

(A) Domestic Operations:

  1. Mask Mandate:
  2. The wearing of facemasks inside Airport terminal buildings and onboard aircraft by airport workers, passengers, and crew members is no longer mandatory. Wearing facemasks by passengers onboard aircraft or inside Airport terminal buildings is discretionary but recommended.
  3. Persons aged 60 years and above, immunocompromised (e.g. due to organ transplant, cancer, etc.), those with co-morbidities (e.g. Heart disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, etc.), are advised to use facemasks, wash their hands with water and soap, use hand alcohol-based sanitizers, and avoid large gatherings.
  4. Disinfection of bags at the entrance of terminal buildings is no longer required.
  5. Airlines are therefore required to resume serving catering (meals and drinks) on board aircraft.
  6. Maintaining social distancing at airport terminal buildings is no longer mandatory.
  7. Facilities and conveyances are advised to maintain good environmental hygiene and good ventilation and encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene.
  8. The use of alcohol-based sanitizer by passengers and airport workers is recommended.
  9. Boarding and disembarkation protocols are to be maintained.

(B) International Operations:

  1. All requirements in ‘A’ above shall apply.
  2. 2. COVID-19 Travel Testing: Pre-departure and Post-arrival COVID-19 PCR tests are no longer required for all passengers irrespective of vaccination status. PCR tests required for all passengers who are partially/not fully vaccinated have been suspended.

Health Declaration form: Permission to travel/ QR code is no longer required. A simplified Health questionnaire form (non-COVID-19 specific) shall be completed by all passengers traveling to Nigeria preferably pre-departure on the Nigerian International Travel Portal (NITP). Passengers who fail to fill the health questionnaire on the NITP pre-departure will be required to fill the health questionnaire either onboard the aircraft prior to landing or at the Airport terminal building upon arrival.

  1. All other COVID-19 quarantine/travel requirements are hereby made optional.

This AOL supersedes previous AOLs issued on COVID-19 for domestic and international operations.

Action Required:

All Aviation SeNice Providers are hereby required to comply with the above requirements.

Non-compliance by any Aviation SeNice provider with this AOL shall attract appropriate sanctions.

This AOL shall be effective immediately.

 

Signed,

Captain Musa S. Nuhu

Director General of Civil Aviation

SIERRA LEONE (Freetown) (updated 13th April, 2022 9:38am) 

Revised Travel and Mask Guidelines

NaCOVERC hereby announces the following revised COVID-19 guidelines, which have been approved by the Presidential Task Force with effect from Wednesday, 13th April, 2022:

1. It is mandatory for all inbound passengers to register on the travel portal www.travel.gov.sl before travelling to Sierra Leone.
2. Fully vaccinated inbound passengers are no longer required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test or test upon arrival.
3. Pre-departure PCR test will not be required for non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated inbound passengers, but test on arrival is mandatory.
4. Outbound passengers must register on the travel portal and take the required PCR test within 48 hours to departure.
5. Face mask in public/crowded places is strictly required for persons who are either non­-vaccinated or partially vaccinated; whilst those who are fully vaccinated may go without it but advised to assess the risk.

Please bear in mind that face mask protects you not just from COVID-19, but other infectious diseases and particles.

Please bear in 1nind that face 1nask protects you not just from COVID-19, but other infectious diseases and particles.

COTE D’IVOIRE (Abidjan)

1. Passengers must be in possession of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to scheduled departure of the first flight.

All passengers coming to and from Abidjan MUST go online and fill in this form: https://declaration.transports.gouv.ci/#/home

Accra – Abidjan – Accra starts Thu 17SEP20

LIBERIA (Monrovia) (Updated: 13th May 2022 at 10:33 pm)

REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA
COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR TRAVELERS
Effective May 11, 2022

Incoming Travelers

1. All travelers must complete the Health Screening Form via the Liberia Travel application (“Lib travel app”) at http://liberiacovidtravel.org. Anyone experiencing problems with the app can access copy of the form via the National Public Health Institute of Liberia website @nphil.gov.lr.

2. All travelers 18 years and above MUST show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival. Travelers without proof of vaccination will be returned to their country of embarkation at the expense of the airline.

3. No negative COVI D-19 test result is required for travelers exiting countries that have suspended testing for travelers.

4. No COVID test is required for incoming travelers at the airport.

Outgoing Travelers

ALL travelers must check the COVID-19 guidelines and regulations of the destination country.

1. All persons traveling out of Liberia are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and follow the COVID-19 protocol requirement(s) of the destination country.
2. All persons traveling to countries that require a COVID-19 test must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate before departure.
a. COVID-19 sample collection (testing) for PCR and ROT is available at the Union Center located on Sophia Road in Congo Town, Monrovia from 9 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week. Travelers are encouraged to register at http://liberiacovidtravel.org prior to arrival at the Union Center. To register, select “Request a Travel Certificate” and fill out the requested information. Travelers should ensure they provide correct contact details and will receive a unique identification number to retrieve their test result online http://liberiacovidtravel.org. Travelers should print a paper copy of their negative test result certificate before arriving at the Roberts International Airport.

b. Testing fees for Outgoing travelers that require COVID travel Certificate: ECOWAS citizens traveling to ECOWAS Countries must pay US$S0 for cost of COVID-19 testing while those traveling outside the ECOWAS region must pay US$75. Payments can either be made online or in cash at the UBA banking window at the Union Testing Center.

c. Travelers who test positive will be denied travel and must adhere to Liberia’s COVID-19 Case Management Guidelines. A re-test will be conducted on day five
(5) based on the case prevailing health status.

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