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I was not consulted over the COVID-19 test fee at KIA- Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

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The Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey says she was not consulted in discussions concerning the $150 COVID-19 testing charge at the Kotoka International Airport.

Speaking during her vetting session by the Appointment’s Committee, she said she was only aware of the $50 COVID-19 test for ECOWAS citizens.

“I was not consulted on the $150 antigen test charge at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) but I know at ECOWAS, a decision was taken for ECOWAS citizens throughout all the 15 member states to only have a financial burden of $50 for the COVID-19 test,” she said.

All travelers coming to Ghana by air were at first required to pay $150 for a 30-minute PCR COVID-19 test.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, January 31, 2021, said testing for COVID-19 for all nationals of ECOWAS had been topped at $50.

However, he said the fee for other nationals outside the sub-region will stay at $150.

The Minister-designate justified the $50 cost for ECOWAS nationals, claiming it is the basic practice around the world.

“I think it is okay. Even in Europe, there are some charges left to citizens within the zone and a different one for the people outside of it.” she added.

Source: Ghana Wave

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