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General News of Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Stranded Ghanaians in Amsterdam to be evacuated on July 13

Ghanaians who are stranded in Amsterdam due to COVID-19 border closures are expected to be evacuated on Monday, July 13, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated.

In a press statement issued by the ministry, these persons are expected to pay an amount of $646 to enable them have access to the KLM flight scheduled for 10am.

“Per directives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, arrangements have been made with KLM for stranded Ghanaians to be evacuated to Ghana from Amsterdam on Monday, 13th July 2020 at a cost of $646. It should be noted that persons who wish to take advantage of the flight are to make reservations to enable them arrive in Amsterdam at the scheduled date and time for the flight to Accra,” the statement read.

Also, the travellers upon arrival will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own cost in addition to hotel accommodation bills.

“All passengers are also to note that they will cover the cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine with a possible extension to 21 days depending on individual cases. The cost of quarantine PER NIGHT MUST be paid directly to a selected hotel before passengers are allowed to travel,” the ministry indicated.

Passengers have also been asked to carry the appropriate PPE’s before boarding the flight.

Read the full statement below

THE HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA

LONDON

GHC/PR/11

PUBLIC NOTICE

EVACUATION EXERCISES

Kindly refer to the High Commission's earlier communications on the evacuation exercises and note that per directives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, arrangements have been made with KLM for stranded Ghanaians to be evacuated to Ghana from Amsterdam on Monday, 13th July 2020 at a cost of $646. It should be noted that persons who wish to take advantage of the flight are to make reservations to enable them arrive in Amsterdam at the scheduled date and time for the flight to Accra.

2. It should be noted that the affected persons must have paid for the cost of hotel reservations directly to any of the hotels attached prior to departure:

*NB: HOTEL RATES ATTACHED INCLUDE BOARDING, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, SUPPER & WATER The High Commission hereby reiterates the following:

(a) Cost of airline ticket: the negotiated rate of fare with KLM from Amsterdam

SHOULD be paid directly to the airline which will contact ONLY passengers who fulfil

all the requirements as set out in points (c) and (d); (b) Passengers are to carry the appropriate PPE ie. Face masks before boarding the flight;

(c) All passengers are also to note that they will cover the cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine with a possible extension to 21 days depending on individual cases. The cost of quarantine as indicated below PER NIGHT MUST be paid directly to a selected hotel before passengers are allowed to travel.

(d) Eligible nationals and Resident Permit holders who are prepared to pay for their

cost of travel to Ghana from Amsterdam must submit their details specified below to the Ghana High Commission as follows:

? not later than close of day on Saturday 11th July 2020

· Telephone contact

• Phone Numbers (U.K. & Ghana)

• Attach copy of KLM ticket

• Attach evidence of hotel payment for cost of Quarantine . Current Location

• Final destination in Ghana after quarantine

The above information should be sent to the following email address of the High Commission by close of day on Saturday 11th July 2020

helpline@ghc-uk.org

For clarification ONLY, kindly contact the following numbers + Helpline 1: 07472 430197

Helpline 2: 07472 459102

For the avoidance of any doubt, kindly note that the flight from Amsterdam to Accra at a total cost of $646 is at 10.00am on Monday, 13th July 2020.

The High Commission appreciates your urgent cooperation in this matter. . CO

LONDON, 8TH JULY 2020

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