UPDATED COVID – 19 GUIDELINES FOR KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(KIA)_ REVISION 15: EFFECTIVE DATE: 1 SEPTEMBER, 2022 AT 0000 HOURS (UTC)

1. Pre-Arrival Processes – Travelers intending to enter Ghana
a. All international passengers including those from the ECOWAS region, intending to fly to Ghana, will be required to be fully vaccinated.

b. 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 on the flight to Ghana.

2. Arriving Passengers – Travelers Entering Ghana
Ghanaians and foreign resident
a. 18 years and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a
COVID-19 vaccine at the point of embarkation and upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport
(KIA).

b. Fully vaccinated will be exempted from pre-departure COVID-19 PCR testing from point of
embarkation.

c. Fully vaccinated will be exempted from COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the KIA.

d. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will be required to present a NEGATIVE 48hrs PCR
test result to the airline before embarkation and upon arrival.

e. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will undergo COVID-19 testing at the KIA upon arrival.

f. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will undergo COVID-19 vaccination at KIA upon arrival. Non-Ghanaians:
g. At the point of embarkation must provide evidence of full vaccination status to the Airline
prior to embarkation. (Airlines that board non Ghanaians without evidence of full vaccination will be
considered to have violated the COVID-19 guidelines for Ghana and shall be fined $3,500.00)
h. Travelling to Kotoka International Airport with fake or forged vaccination certificates shall be
quarantined and returned to the point of embarkation at their own cost. All Arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening, Yellow Fever Card verification and
COVID-19 vaccination certificate verification as required. Ghana

3. Transit Passengers
a. Passengers transiting and transferring through KIA will be required to be fully vaccinated and in
addition adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements at the destination countries.

4. Exemptions
a. Children under 18 years (Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians) who are unvaccinated are
exempted from pre-departure COVID-19 PCR testing and COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the
Airport in Ghana.

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

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

5. Travelling with Pets
a. Travelling with pets into Ghana is allowed in line with guidelines of the Veterinary Services
Directorate of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture.

6. Departure Process- Passengers exiting Ghana
a. Passengers departing Accra will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements
for the destination countries.

b. Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of Terminal 3
departures

7. Wearing of Nose Mask
a. Wearing of nose mask is mandatory in all Airport Terminals and ancillary buildings

8. Vaccination
a. 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 (FDAJ, Ghana or
other vaccines prequalified by WHO (https://covid19.trackvaccines.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
who are required to present a NEGATIVE 48hrs PCR test result to the airline before embarkation and
to Port Health upon arrival.

List of covid -19 vaccines approved for travelers into Ghana – table 1

NAME OF VACCINE MANUFACTURER
COVID 19 VACCINES GRANTED EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA0 BY THE
GHANA DOOD AND DRUGS AUTHORITY (FDA)
Sputnik v ( Gam- Covid Gamaleya National center of epidemiology and
microbiology, Russia
Covidshield
(oxford/astrazenca formulations)
Serum institute of India (SIIPL) India
Pfizer- Biotech’s comiranaty (BNT16282) The Netherlands BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
Kupferbergterrasse 17-19, 55116 Mainz Germany
Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV
Rijksweg 12, 2870 Puurs, Belgium
Vaxzevira (previously COVID-19
Vaccine AstraZeneca) (AZD1222)
AstraZeneca AB (Sweden)
Vaccine AstraZeneca) (AZD1222) SK Bioscience Co
Limited (Republic of
Korea’
COVAXIN Bharat Biotech, India
BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells) Sinopharm, (Beijing) China)
CoronaVac Sinovac, China
COVOVAX™
COVID-19 vaccine (SARS-Cov-2 r5
Protein Nanoparticle
[Recombinant])
Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd
11
NUVAXOVID™N
COVID-19 vaccine (SARS-CoV-2 rS
[Recombinant, adjuvanted])
Novavax CZ a.s.
  • N/B: The first dose of Johnson and Johnson and 2r dose of all other approved vaccines should
    be at least 14 days prior to embarkation to be qualified as fully vaccine

9. Traveler Role – Uploading the vaccination card onto the PanaBIOS trusted travel platform
a. Create an account on the AU endorsed site:https://trustedtravel.panabios.org 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 the vaccination campaign column (i.e., Type of vaccines and the number of shots.

10.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 except partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Ghanaians/Foreign resident passengers who are
required to present a negative PCR test result to the
airline before embarkation and to Port Health upon arrival.

c. Sanctions will be applied by Port Health to airlines who do not comply to the guidelines and
protocols.

11. Port Health Role
• Port Health will validate the vaccination certificate both physically and using the PanaBIOS
platform of travelers embarking and disembarking at the airport, seaport, and ground crossing.

• Port Health will provide technical assistance, supervise, and monitor the airlines to enhance effective
implementation.

• Port Health will apply sanctions to airlines who do not comply to the guidelines.

• Disembark Non- Ghanaian passengers who did not upload their vaccination certificates
• Disembark Non-Ghanaian passengers who are not fully vaccinated per the guidelines
• Travelers who are found to possess ‘fake’ or ‘vaccination certificate belonging to other persons’ will
be handed over to the National Security.