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UK govt to fly ‘willing’ nationals out of Ghana tonight

The government of the United Kingdom will on Sunday night, fly out hundreds of its nationals in Ghana who are willing to return home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two flights will be ferrying as many as 600 passengers with more flights being arranged in the coming days.

Travel advice on the High Commission’s website encourages eligible UK nationals interested to book their seats.

Tonight’s flight follows a failed attempt by British Airways to evacuate some passengers who were left stranded in Ghana on Monday.

This comes on the back of the closure of the country’s borders as part of measures by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Some passengers who were booked to fly back to the UK last week were left stranded at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) after their flight was cancelled at the last hour.

The about 360 passengers, mainly UK nationals, were being evacuated under a special arrangement facilitated by the British High Commission, following the closure of Ghana’s air, sea and land borders to stop the importation of COVID-19 into the country.

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, (GCAA), following the President’s address to the nation to announce the closure of the borders followed-up with an official notice to all the airlines that no flights will be permitted, except in emergency situations which will have to be pre-authorised.

Officials of the UK High Commission, however, say tonight’s flight is chartered by the British government and is primarily to evacuate its nationals.

Some have, however, raised issues with the cost of the £500 ticket and have taken to Twitter to complain.

Further guidance for British citizens on immediate return options to the UK and information on local measures. http://ow.ly/GxF950yYIcK 

Though the United Kingdom is also grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the nationals eager to take advantage of the evacuation flight tell JoyNews they believe they will get better healthcare in their home country should they get infected.

 

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