Ghana Reopens Borders to International Commercial Flights September 1st

This information was provided to us courtesy of Globetrotters Legal.
The government of Ghana announced August 30, 2020, that the country’s airspace will be opened to international commercial flights effective September 1, 2020.

Travelers must take note of the following protocols and the attached for further information.

  1. A negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained 72 hours before arrival from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin is required;
  2. Compulsory wearing of face masks for passengers;
  3. Mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger (should not exceed GH 500). The test result will be available within thirty (30) minutes;
  4. Testing at the airport not required of children under the age of five (5);
  5. Passengers, who test positive for COVID-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management;
  6. Passengers, who test negative, can enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities and will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana; and
  7. Departing passengers will be required to take A PCR test 72 hours prior to departure and present a negative result to port health officials for verification before being allowed to complete departure formalities;

Ghanaian land and sea borders will continue to remain closed to human traffic until further notice.

 

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

Sources: [1], [2]. Image sources: [1], [2].

Government of Ghana Gradually Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

This information was provided to us by Globetrotters Legal Africa.

As an update, the President of Ghana in an address on May 31 announced the easing of some (internal) restrictions initially put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Effective June 5, an abridged format of religious services can commence with 25% attendance and a maximum number of one hundred (100) congregants. Final year junior/high school and university students will be allowed to sit for their exams from June 15 with the requirement that there are reduced class sizes.

Immigration-wise, the government of Ghana is planning an evacuation exercise for Ghanaian nationals overseas; However, no commercial flights are currently allowed in as the borders (air, land, and sea) remain closed until further notice.

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is working and accepts new work permit applications and renewals for expatriates currently in-country. Extension of stay applications may also be filed. Applications for visa on arrival remain suspended due to closure of the borders.

All other restrictions remain in place.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

Sources: [1], [2]. Image sources: [1], [2].

Ghana Immigration Service Extend Mandatory Medical Examination to Other Permits

Courtesy of Lynn Mackenzie, J.D., LLM

Effective June 15th 2020, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has extended mandatory medical examination to other applicants requiring immigration permits. This requirement has expanded to all those foreign nationals who require indefinite residence permits, rights of abode, naturalization and the renewal of other immigration residence.

Previously, the mandatory medical examination only applied to all new applicants for work and residence permits and not to other types and categories of immigration permits. However, in this era of infectious diseases, the GIS stated that, “ the medical examination is aimed as a mechanism to curtail possible spread of infectious diseases”.

This is all to ensure that foreign nationals seeking to reside in Ghana temporarily or permanently are in good health for stay, as well as, to acquire health information or specific knowledge of their health status.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

Sources: [1], [2]. Image sources: [1], [2].

The content of this document is provided for general information purposes. The provision of this document does not constitute legal
advice or opinion of any kind; no advisory or fiduciary relationship is created between Relocation Africa and any other person
accessing or using this document. Relocation Africa will not be liable for any damages or loss arising from using any part of
this document.

SARA Webinars: How African Visa and Immigration Specialists are Dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis

Relocation Africa’s Immigration Lead, Lynn Mackenzie, served as Panel Facilitator, and was joined recently by a number of immigration specialists from around Africa, to discuss their response to the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries.

Two live webinars, in partnership with the South African Reward Association (SARA) were hosted to discuss the topics, and we invite you to watch the recordings below so that we can share these insights with you.

The first webinar deals with the COVID-19 response in South Africa and Nigeria. Lynn is joined by Tracy du Plessis (South Africa), and Kunle Obebe (Nigeria).

The second covers the response in Ghana, Senegal, and Kenya. Lynn is joined by Paa Kwesi Hagan (Ghana), Joyce Anti (Senegal), and Brian Githaiga (Kenya).

We hope you enjoy the content. If you have suggestions for future webinars you’d like to see, please feel free to reach out to us via marketing@relocationafrica.com.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

Sources: [1], [2]. Image sources: [1], [2].

Cocoa Industry Stakeholders Accept Price Dictated by Ghana and Ivory Coast

Ghana and Ivory Coast on Wednesday announced that they had won concessions from stakeholders in the cocoa industry, including acceptance of a $2,600 floor price for a tonne of cocoa.

The two nations had threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price.

Following a two-day meeting called by the two top cocoa producers who together account for over 60% of the world’s production, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, chief executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board, told a news conference that their demands had been accepted in principle by the participants.

Ivory Coast and Ghana suspended the sale of the 2020/2021 crop until further notice for preparation of the implementation of the floor price.

Calling the move “historic”, Aidoo said that “this is the first time when the producers have called consumers and the first time whereby suppliers have called buyers to come and engage on price.”

“Over the years it has been the buyers who have determined the price for the suppliers,” he said.

Aidoo added that there would be a follow-up meeting to work out how to implement the agreement.

The world’s chocolate market is worth around $100 billion, of which only $6 billion go to cocoa producers.

 

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email marketing@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

Sources: [1], [2]. Image sources: Emre Gencer [1], [2].