As of today, Saturday, May 20, 2023, Ghana has removed all COVID-19 restrictions for travellers entering the country from any point of entry.
This follows the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) declaration on May 5, 2023, that COVID-19 is no longer a global public health emergency.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) announced this decision in a statement signed by its Director-General, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.
The statement said that travellers no longer need to undergo pre-departure testing or testing at the points of entry. It also said that the COVID-19 health declaration form for international travellers has been discontinued.
The GHS said that it made this decision based on the global and national situation of COVID-19 at the last national COVID-19 Task Force meeting on May 17, 2023.
The GHS assured that it will continue to monitor and respond to any possible outbreaks of COVID-19 in the country. It said that the health systems have maintained enough capacity to deal with any threats of COVID-19.
The GHS also said that it will continue to vaccinate people against COVID-19 and test people with symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat for both flu and COVID-19 at its sentinel sites across all 16 regions. It said that it will also keep an eye on any new variants of COVID-19 that may emerge.
The GHS urged the public to maintain general safety measures such as washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser. It also advised people with fever, cough and sore throat to report to the nearest health facility for treatment. It also said that people who test positive for COVID-19 will be managed according to existing protocols.