Airlines will be fined $3,500 for every passenger they bring into Ghana that is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or that tests positive for the coronavirus on arrival, the operator of the country’s main international airport said on Monday.
The rules which come into effect for the Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra on Tuesday came as the new Omicron variant raises concerns about quicker transmission the of virus.
Over the last two weeks, COVID-19 cases recorded at Kotoka airport accounted for about 60% of total infections in the country, the health service said on Friday.
Last week, the health ministry introduced rules that require all people entering the West African country to be vaccinated.
Ghana, one of West Africa’s largest economies has so far vaccinated a little over 5% of its population of 30 million, according to data from Reuters.
Its health service has recorded 131,412 infections and 1,239 deaths from COVID-19, according to the data.