Ahead of the planned reopening of its borders to international travellers on July 1, the European Union (EU) Commission has released a list of 54 countries that qualify for travels into Europe. Nigeria and Ghana are conspicuously missing.
Schengenvisainfo.com reports that citizens from Nigeria, Brazil, Qatar, the United States, and Russia would not be allowed to travel into Europe until the epidemiological situation in their countries with regards to COVID-19 improves.
According to the report, the countries whose citizens have been granted permits into Europe as the union opens its borders that were shut to curb the spread of COVID-19, include Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Canada.
Others listed are Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uganda.
The rest are Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Mauritius.
Speaking on the development, Eric Manner, the EU Commission spokesman said the union had the right to choose who would enter its borders. He added that it was based on health criteria.
“The European Union has an internal process to determine from which countries it would be safe to accept travellers,” he said.
The EU commission on June 11, presented its recommendation on the reopening of internal Schengen borders on June 15, so that Europeans could travel freely within the borderless areas just as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The TESCON U.K. family wishes to Congratulate H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Vice-President of the Republic; H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for a successful acclamation which took place yesterday at the Alisa Hotel, Accra Ghana.
We Tescon, United Kingdom Branch wishes you well and we pledge our solemn support to consolidate the “4 more 4 Nana” vision.
According to Kobby , the NPP has demonstrated once again to Ghanaians and the whole world of its solid foundations built on democracy and peace as exhibited during the just ended parliamentary elections.
The high level of integrity exhibited by parliamentary hopefuls was commendable and worthy of emulation as highlighted in the New Juabeng South Constituency where two big wits of of the NPP Michael Okyere Baafi of The Ghana Freezones board and the incumbent Hon. Mark Assibey who also doubles as the Chairman of the Finance Committee in parliament were both in contention.
“I’d therefore like to congratulate all victors , especially to Mr Michael Okyere Baafi of my dear constituency for such an overwhelming Mandate in The New Juabeng South Constituency”
New Juabeng South has become a beacon of hope to many young Ghanaians due to both of your great leadership skills .
To Mr Michael Okyere Baafi , I’m indeed motivated and encouraged by your inclusive leadership style to get involved and contribute my quota for an even stronger bid come the December 2020 elections.
Indeed, the delegates of New Juabeng South have shown trust in your leadership and vision for the constituency with this remarkable mandate.
I therefore declare my unflinching support to work closely with you in the quest to nurture and support young people in New Juabeng South with innovative programmes in education, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Congratulations once again ! Long live the NPP and the people of New Juabeng South constituency.
Ukraine started welcoming foreigners arriving by land and air since June 15, three months after imposing travel restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
But while most land borders are open for people arriving by cars, trains or on foot, air travel is limited to a handful of airports.
There are two main conditions for travelers:
all foreigners arriving in Ukraine must have medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment in case they contract the virus;
people arriving from countries with a high number of cases (listed below) have to undergo controlled observation or self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival.
Borders and airports
Ukraine reopened all border checkpoints with European Union countries and Moldova on June 21, while some of them have already been restored back in May.
As for Belarus and Russia, Ukraine restored only 10 border checkpoints with these countries this week.
Starting June 10, Ukraine also reopened two checkpoints with the Russian-occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. On June 15, Ukraine reopened all three checkpoints with the Crimea peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014.
All available border checkpoints can be viewed on the interactive map by Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service.
The map also shows that checkpoints in all of Ukrainian airports are functioning as well. However, only a handful of airports have scheduled flights despite that international air travel has been allowed since June 15.
Most of the arriving and departing flights go through Kyiv Boryspil International Airport, Ukraine’s main airport. Air traffic is far from what it used to be, though: Only about a dozen international flights are scheduled for arrival on Monday, June 22. They will be arriving from Amsterdam, Berlin, Delhi, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Minsk, Prague, Tel Aviv and Southend.
Other airports have very few flights. While Kyiv Sikorsky International Airport (Zhuliany) lists 30 arriving international flights for June 22, many of them have been canceled. But flights from Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Hamburg, Leipzig, Luton, Memmingen, Minsk, Tallinn are on track.
Lviv International Airport also lists most international arriving flights for June 22 as canceled, except those from Dortmund and Katowice. Kharkiv International Airports has flights from Budapest and Minsk. Odessa International Airport also has arriving flights from Budapest and Minsk on June 22.
Generally speaking, Ukraine has opened its borders for citizens of all countries. However, all people coming from the lists of countries where the epidemiological situation is worse than in Ukraine have to undergo controlled observation or self-isolation for 14 days upon the arrival.
Every three days, border guards receive an updated “red list” of such countries from Ukraine’s Health Ministry. The red list includes countries where there are 40 or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, meaning more than it is in Ukraine, according to the ministry.
The latest red list, or list of countries whose citizens have to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Ukraine, can be found here.
As of June 17, the red list has 48 countries, including: the United States, Russia, Belarus, France, Italy, Bahrain, Peru, French Guiana, Belgium, Oman,, Sao Tome and Principe, Kuwait, Brazil, San Marino, Panama, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, Chile, Portugal, Gabon, Djibouti, North Macedonia, Moldova, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Mayotte, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Canada, Cabo Verde, Maldives, Liechtenstein, Guinea-Bissau, Colombia, South Africa, Afghanistan, Argentina, Guatemala, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Israel, Central African Republic, Qatar and Armenia,
According to the State Border Service of Ukraine, the citizens of these countries will have to undergo self-isolation at home or observation in a government-selected facility upon arriving in Ukraine. Travelers who choose to self-isolate at home will have to install the state-developed app called Diy Vdoma (Apple App Store link, Google Play link), which monitors people’s location using their smartphones.
Having a document certifying that the traveler recently had a negative COVID-19 test result will not wave the 14-day isolation rule.
All other countries are on the “green” list. Travelers arriving from those countries won’t have to be isolated upon arriving in Ukraine. They will still need to have medical insurance that covers their treatment if they get infected. The green list countries include Germany, Poland, Egypt, India, Greece, Turkey, Austria, and others. The full list is available here (as of June 17).
If travelers who come from the “red list” countries have documents that prove they have been in a “green” country during the last 14 days, the border service will consider letting them in without self-isolation, according to the Health Ministry.
All foreigners who wish to come to Ukraine have to have medical insurance that would cover COVID-19 treatment in case they contract the virus.
“Why this is important: because according to our law and program of medical guarantees, the state covers only the treatment of citizens of Ukraine and refugees who are in the territory of Ukraine,” Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said in a press briefing on June 20.
This means that all non-citizens, foreigners and refugees arriving to Ukraine should have such medical insurance, Stepanov said.
On June 12, Boryspil Airport published a list of new COVID-19 related rules that passengers must follow upon departure or arrival. All travelers will be restricted to Terminal D.
Preparing for traveling:
Cancel your trip if your body temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius or if you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or a loss of taste and smell;
You must fill out a survey about the state of your health if requested to do so by the airline;
Ensure that you have a sufficient amount of medical masks for the trip (one per 2-3 hours), gloves, and sanitizer (less than 100 millilitres);
Have all your documents at hand and check the requirements of your destination country;
Plan your trip to the airport in advance and ensure you arrive 3 hours before your expected departure time.
Be aware that only passengers who have tickets and wear medical masks can enter Terminal D (the main international terminal). Others will be restricted from entering. The only exceptions will apply to people accompanying a disabled person or child who will be flying without their parents or guardians;
Go through body temperature screening at the terminal entrance. If your body temperature is 38 degrees Celsius or higher, or if you have visible symptoms like fever, coughing or shortness of breath, you may be prevented from entering the terminal or plane;
Follow all signs, including social distancing directions. Wear medical masks and use sanitizers;
You may be asked to take off your medical mask for a short time at the passport checkpoint;
If you have questions, visit the information desk.
Follow directions on social distancing, wear a medical mask and use sanitizer;
You may be asked to take off your medical mask for a short time at the passport checkpoint;
Download and install the state-made tracking application Diy Vdoma. This application is mandatory for people required to self-isolate upon arrival to Ukraine;
Limit your contact with other people while at the airport;
Pick up your baggage and leave the terminal quickly.
Kharkiv National Airforce University celebrates its 3rd graduation ceremony for its international students.
The university is a state institute administered by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and is located in the city of Kharkiv. The university is named in honor of the Soviet military pilot Ivan Kozhedub.
Kozhedub National University of the Air Force was established on 10 September 2003 on the basis of both the Kharkiv National Air Force Institute and Kharkiv Military University. It also is a descendant of two military academies and other nine military higher schools:
Due to covid-19 pandemic, this year graduation wasn’t open to the general public like how its use to be to enable social distance. The colorful celebration was held at the institute’s foreign student auditorium.
A flight attendant in a protective gear explains journalists the new routine in a plane at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv, on June 13, 2020. The airport prepares to resume international and domestic flights starting from June 15 as Ukraine eases restrictions aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov
The gates are opening. On June 15, Ukraine is starting to welcome foreigners back to the country and letting Ukrainians travel abroad. Three months after imposing travel restrictions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is reopening Boryspil International Airport.
The global pandemic has disrupted international travel, ruined vacation plans around the world, and left many people stranded in foreign lands. The travel restrictions have split Ukrainian families across borders, left migrant workers without jobs, and confounded foreign tourists who want to visit Ukraine. The easing of travel restrictions is meant to resolve these problems.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated internationally every year on the 31st of May to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use, second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. As part of the program of work of the Tobacco and Substances of Abuse Department (TSAD), there are scheduled activities planned to commemorate this day.
In relation to this year’s WNTD with the theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”, the FDA will host a webinar in participation with National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) on Wednesday 3rd June, 2020 at the FDA head office.
You are invited to participate in this virtual meeting scheduled as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11.00am
Name of Event: WNTD2020
Register by sending an email to email@example.com stating the name of event.
An undergraduate of the University of Benin has died after being raped inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, sparking outrage on social media.
On May 27, 2020, the victim, Uwa Omozuwa, was said to have visited the RCCG, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, where she was reading.
Some men were reported to have made their way into the church auditorium where they struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher, raped her and left her for dead.
A security guard at the church reportedly found her in a pool of blood and informed his superiors at the church.
The 22-year-old victim, who was unconscious, was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she narrated her ordeal. She, however, succumbed to her injuries three days later.
The case was reported at the Oregbeni Police Station, Benin.
According to friends of the deceased, she only recently gained admission into the federal university and had yet to do matriculation as of the time of her death on May 30, 2020.
Several Twitter users wondered how the deceased was killed in broad daylight and inside a church.
Trending as #JusticeforUWA, Nigerians called on the police to bring the culprits to book.
@Bubble_minakie tweeted, “This is Uwa, a 22-year-old girl who was raped in RCCG Benin, inside the church, is there no limit to this evil? The culprits are on the run and they must be found and brought to justice.”
@i_amcollinss tweeted, “She was raped in church and had her head smashed with a fire extinguisher in broad daylight, around Ikpoba hill, Benin city. She was murdered in cold blood. The wicked must not go unpunished.”
This innocent young lady was raped in church, then brutally slain. A church is supposed to be the safest place for anyone. So if something like this is happening in the church, I really don’t know anymore. It’s heartbreaking! Broken heart,” @OlisaOsega tweeted.
Also commenting on the incident, another Twitter user with the handle @MohammedBlack_ said, “Saddening how our community gradually becomes unsafe for us. People get killed daily frivolously.
“May Uwa’s soul rest in peace and I hope her family ever finds the strength to bear this loss. This is for all of us. Hopefully, the perpetrators are caught! #justiceForUwa.”