The Permanent Mission of Ghana to the U.N. and the Consulate General recently announced that a charter flight has been obtained to evacuate stranded Ghanaians from the United States who were stuck as a result of the lock down.
In a letter released to the community dated June 15, 2020, the Consul General, honorable Samuel Amoako, stated that the evacuation only applies to those Ghanaians who have registered with the Consulate, and not for U.S. Citizens or resident permit holders.
Here are some of the conditions of the statement:
The flight from the NY area will depart on June 25, 2020 from Newark Airport. Reporting time is 1 PM, and departure is 5:25 PM with Ethiopian Airlines. Tickets should be purchased directly from Ethiopian Airlines
Airfare is $1,350.00 for economy and $2,840.00 for business class with the same requirements as per airline regulations for luggage, infants etc.
All evacuees must have their own PPEs (face mask, gloves etc) and will be screened prior to departure.
Upon arrival in Ghana, all evacuees will be subject to a 2 week Mandatory Quarantine. Each evacuee must pay for their own quarantine with the following selected hotels - Kempinsky at 650 Cedis or Africa Regent at 550 Cedis per day.
Evacuees must present proof of hotel payment before check in.
All documents as well full name, passport number, and local telephone number must be emailed to the consulate no later than June 20, 2020 to Ghanaconsulate@aol.com
Some in the community, are however, very upset about the cost of the quarantine hotels in Ghana, as it is obvious, that those who are stranded, obviously have used up any monies they may have saved during the lock down in the United States. They also question why such high class hotels with such high costs, almost $150 per day for 14 days (a lot of monbey for most people). They feel the government should bear the cost of the airfare as well as the quarantine.
Abrokyire Nsem would like to wish all evacuees good luck, and would love to hear our thoughts on this. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts.