Several Ghanaians overseas have expressed disappointment in the government’s decision to charge arriving passengers at the Kotoka International Airport $150/Ghc856 for Covid-19 test.
This follows the scheduled reopening of the Kotoka International Airport to international traffic, announced last Sunday by the president, H.E Nana Akuffu Addo, effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Ghanaians abroad who have been itching to return home can now come back henceforth.
According to Michael Osei, the President of Organisation of Ghanaians Abroad, speaking on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem on Tuesday, stated that though the government has done enough to control the spread of the coronavirus, he expects the government to be considerate.
“The $ 150 testing charge is too much because I believe that those that go to Noguchi or even Nyaho hospital to do a Covid-19 test, are not charged more than GHC 200.
Why then are we being charged differently? The government should align the cost for the PCR test to the price charged at the various hospitals in the country, government shouldn’t discriminate at all,” he stated.
The Ghana Airports Company has announced that passengers arriving from other countries will have to pay a fee of $150 for a PCR COVID-19 test.
However, Mr. Osei believes when Ghanaians arrive in the county, they will spend a lot of money and so adding this huge inconvenience to Ghanaians will not help.