Ghana returns Accra-bound BA flight seeking to evacuate UK nationals

A British Airways bound flight to Ghana was asked to go back on Monday (March 23, 2020) despite initial permission granted to the British High Commission to evacuate some 360 UK nationals from Ghana to the UK.

This happened at a time when Ghana has decided to intensify its ban on travels in and out of the country’s borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

An initial agreement to a request by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority said the approval was given by the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19.

However, the decision was reversed even before the flight land in Ghana, leaving the British nationals stranded.

No information was provided on the last-minute decision to reverse the permission.

However, it was explained that such emergency permissions will have to be approved by the Office of the President.

This suggested that a Presidential directive may have cancelled the initial approval by both the GCAA and the COVID-19 Committee.

The ban on travels remain for two weeks after which the government will review based on the situation in the country.

Ghana has recorded 68 coronavirus cases with three deaths.

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