According to reports reaching Oyogist.com, the operator of Ghana’s main international airport will fine airlines 3,500 dollars for every unvaccinated passenger against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or that tests positive for the coronavirus on arrival, it said on Monday.
The rules, announced by Ghana Airports, follow others introduced last week by the health ministry that require all people entering Ghana to be vaccinated.
They come into effect for the Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra on Tuesday.
The requirements though one of the strictest in Africa becomes necessary where vaccine uptake has been slow due to lack of supply and logistical challenges, and come as the new Omicron variant raises concerns about quicker transmission of the virus.
Ghana, one has so far vaccinated a little over 5 per cent of its population of 30 million.
Its health service has recorded 131,412 infections and 1,239 deaths from COVID-19.
Over the last two weeks, COVID-19 cases recorded at Kotoka airport accounted for about 60 per cent of total infections in the country, the health service said on Friday.