Kojo Oppong Nkrumah - Information Minister
Ghana’s Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said that the travel restrictions imposed by the European Union (EU) on the country should not be a surprise to us.
EU will today, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, officially be opening its borders after it was closed in efforts to stop the importation of the novel coronavirus into European countries.
In effect, it has announced that residents of some 15 countries will be allowed into Europe when the borders are opened. But the EU failed to include Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt on its list.
In an interview with Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, he said the government is working on measures to slow down on the number of COVID-19 infections. This he believes will place Ghana on the EU’s consideration in subsequent reviews.
“Countries including Ghana have imposed travel restrictions on one another by looking at the risk profile of some of these countries. For many of the European countries, Ghana, from our March 15th travel restrictions also sought to limit travel from those places into our jurisdiction. So this in itself is not really a surprise. The effect generally is that it limits the kind of activity between persons within these jurisdictions until such a time that both or at least one side is comfortable that the [COVID-19] numbers have been brought down significantly.”
“We now have an active case count of about 4,000 in that range and our desire is to bring down that active case count, so that it helps to make a strong case as the world also considers easing some of these border closures,” the Minister noted.
Below is the list of the 15 countries permitted by the European Union (EU):
China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity