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COVID-19 testing for ECOWAS nationals reduced to $50 – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says testing for COVID-19 for all nationals of ECOWAS have been capped at $50 following the 58th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS held on Saturday, January 23, 2021, via video conferencing.

In a national broadcast on Sunday, January 31, 2021, Nana Akufo-Addo said the cost for other nationals outside the sub-region will remain at $150.

“At the 58th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, held virtually, it was agreed that the cost of the COVID-19 test for inbound ECOWAS nationals should be pegged at fifty United States dollars ($50) at the Kotoka International Airport. The cost of the COVID test for non-ECOWAS nationals at the Kotoka International Airport still remains one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars,” President Akufo-Addo said.

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Prior to his announcement, Ghana charged all persons arriving in the country from outside $150 for COVID-19 test.

Following the ECOWAS meeting where the new price was agreed, a communiqué was issued which said, “The Authority approves the harmonised ECOWAS Protocol for cross-border movement of persons and goods during the pandemic and caps the cost of COVID-19 PCR test for travel within the region by ECOWAS nationals at a maximum of US$50″.

Residents in some members countries have had the cause to complain about the high cost of the test when travelling to neighbouring countries especially at the ports of entry.

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Cumulatively, Ghana has confirmed 1,117 positive COVID-19 cases among travellers arriving at the Kotoka International Airport.

841 of them have recovered. The active cases within this population is 276.

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