Former President John Dramani Mahama has lamented over Ghana’s covid-19 protocols for Ghanainans returning home.
According to the former president, the coronavirus protocols outlined by Ghana is frustrating Ghanaians returning home from abroad.
He said in a statement when he was made by the British Airways to go through PCR test before being allowed to return home from London.
Information available to Coverghana.com.gh has confirmed that, the Former President was asked to undergo certain protocols instructed by Ghana government under the Presidency of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Mahama was made to pay heavily for such test to make him book return flight home when he travelled last month (February, 2022) to London on British Airways.
The report has it that, John Dramani Mahama was informed that he did not require a COVID-19 PCR test to board the flight and was still required to fill a locator form, though no further tests were required of him for the 12 days he stayed in the UK. This came as a surprise to him because, he has a valid vaccination certificates but cannot board flights back home without a £90 PCR test, and an additional US$50 PCR test booking in Accra.
Meanwhile, the UK government considers the Ghanaian COVID-19 vaccination card internationally accepted and allows entry once you have the card without any testing.
According to sources, the British Airways informed John Dramani Mahama that he would be required to take a PCR test before being allowed to board his return flight home.
The British Airways explained that this is because of regulations in Ghana, announced by the Ghana Health Service.
John Mahama was forced to pay an amount of £90 to have the test done. He was also informed that, he would not be checked in for the flight back unless he filled an online form and paid a fee of $50.
Disclosing the issues to the Public, the Former President said, from his recent experience with PCR testing and COVID regulations at our airport, he thinks it is time for Ghana Government, under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to review the procedures and protocols.
He indicated that, it is an inconvenience, a financial burden and actually unfair to compel Ghanaian citizens, who have been encouraged to take COVID-19 vaccinations, with some taking the boosters, to pay as much as £90 to a foreign clinic for a PCR test before they are allowed to board flights coming back home.
“I travelled last month to London on British Airways. I was pleasantly surprised when I was informed that I did not require a COVID-19 PCR test to board the flight. While I was still required to fill a locator form, no further tests were required of me for the 12 days I stayed in the UK.” The former President disclosed.
“Imagine my shock when British Airways informed me that I would be required to take a PCR test before I am allowed to board my return flight home. They explained that this is because of regulations in Ghana. It cost £90 to have the test done. I was also informed that I would not be checked in for the flight back unless I filled an online form and paid a fee of $50.” John Dramani Mahama has said.