Refuse visas to persons with unverified covid-19 test results – Foreign Affairs Ministry to Missions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has admonished Ghana’s Missions abroad to refuse granting visas to persons who fail to present negative COVID-19 test results that has not been verified through the Global Haven partnership system.

This new tool is meant to ensure the PCR test results presented by travellers are more accurate since reports from the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) show that more positive cases are being detected although travellers present negative test results.

A circular from the Chief of Protocol at the Ministry, Mr. Emmanuel Antwi, ordered all missions not to grant visas to individuals who fail to go through the new verification system.

“In the view of the COVID-19 rising cases at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), despite proof of a 72-hour negative PCR test by passengers arriving in Ghana, the Ministry wishes to request all missions to notify host authorities and potential travellers as follows. All travellers are to use the tool made available through the UNDP Supported Global Haven Partnership for COVID-19 certificate verification.”

Meanwhile, Ghanaians have been advised by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to either cancel or postpone all non-essential trips to countries with high COVID-19 infection rates.

Ghanaians who need to travel to any COVID-19 hotspot must observe all COVID-19 protocols, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said.

“In view of the alarming rate of infections of COVID-19 in some parts of the world, especially in Asia and South America, the Ghana Health Service wishes to advise the general public to either cancel or postpone all non-essential travels to countries with exceedingly high COVID-19 infection rates,” the statement said.

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