Following is information that will help volunteers traveling to BMC to be prepared for a smooth travel experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this helps as you prepare to come serve with us again.
Please visit the official Accra Airport (KIA) website for the latest news, guidelines and updates.
1) All persons 18 years-old and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Approved vaccines are: 2 doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Sputnik V or 1 dose of Johnson&Johnson
Press release with details here: https://twitter.com/DSD_GHS/status/1469076383531950086
As of March 28, 2022, a negative PCR test before departure and the $150 antigen test on arrival are no longer required for fully vaccinated passengers. https://citinewsroom.com/2022/03/govt-cancels-compulsory-pcr-testing-at-kia-for-fully-vaccinated-persons/
2) You have to complete an online Health Declaration Form before passing immigration in Accra.
It is available here: https://www.ghs-hdf.org/ (select “Vaccinated COVID-19 Traveler”)
The wearing of masks is required in public in Ghana.
As of March 28, 2022, the mask mandate has been removed. https://citinewsroom.com/2022/03/wearing-of-face-masks-no-more-mandatory-in-ghana-nana-addo/
BMC in Nalerigu, however, continues to require masks for staff, patients, and visitors to the hospital.
4) A NEGATIVE COVID-19 antigen test is required to re-enter the US
Volunteers will need get a rapid antigen COVID before checking-in for their flight back to the US. We have been using OmniLab which is conveniently located at the exit of the domestic terminal. A 30-minute rapid antigen test costs 100 cedis.
See CDC test requirements here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
5) A COVID-19 Attestation form is required to board flights to the US
The form below must be printed, filled out, signed and presented to your airline to board your flight to the US.
Our BMC volunteers guesthouse rates have been simplified to a single $20/person all inclusive daily rate and $25/day for an air conditioned room.
All Inclusive – Lodging/Meals/Internet per day
Per person rate * $20 (see amount in GHS) / $25 for Air conditioned room
* Per Person rate is irrespective of whether rooms are shared or not. Rooms are given on a first- come first-served basis.
125 GHS/ person one way, 250 GHS/ person RT
5 GHS per load for washing
5 GHS per load for drying
Thanks to a special gift through the International Mission Board, BMC has been able to upgrade its security fence around the lower campus where the volunteer guesthouses are located.
The new 650+ meters of security fencing have six feet of chainlink with barbed wire and an additional line of barbed wire at 7 feet.
After taking a year of sabbatical leave that was unexpectedly extended by several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BMC’s surgeon Dr. Heidi Haun, her husband Rev. William Haun and their children returned to Nalerigu on September 24th.
During her absence, her role at BMC as surgical consultant was graciously filled by volunteer physician Dr. Anastasia Furtak.
The Haun family has committed to another 4-year term of volunteer service at BMC.
In a recent memo, the management of the Ghana Baptist Convention’s guest house in Accra announced that its costs will go up by 17.5% as they are legally required to collect VAT (Value Added Tax).
This increase only applies to the guest house in Accra, not the BMC guest house’s cost.
Dear valued customer,
Please be informed that the Ghana Baptist Guest House is now registered for VAT( Value Added Tax) collection on behalf of government.We are hereby notifying you all that our rates as from Monday 22nd July, 2019 will have 17.5% of the total value added to it as we are legally required to do.
We assure you of our continued homely hospitality at all times.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Accra Guest House’s staff directly at [email protected] or +233 302 777 542.
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of Bawa Ziblim (photo center) on Sunday, April 14th.
For decades, “Mr. Bawa,” as he was affectionately called, served as a cook to BMC missionary doctors and volunteers. He was an incredibly humble and dedicated man who always strived to meet any and every need of the volunteers in his care. His service behind-the-scenes was critical to the quality care provided by the many volunteer physicians every year at BMC.
Please keep his wife Comfort, his children, and his grandchildren in your prayers during this difficult time.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Anastasiia Furtak to our volunteer staff at BMC.
Dr. Furtak hails from Ukraine and is a licensed general surgeon. She will be working alongside BMC surgeon Dr. Heidi Haun until Dr. Haun takes a one-year leave of absence beginning in July 2019. Then Dr. Furtak will take over the surgery department’s responsibilities until Dr. Haun and her family return in June 2020.
We are so grateful that God has answered our prayers for someone to step into this role during Dr. Haun’s absence. Please keep Dr. Furtak in your prayers as she learns the ropes and adjusts to life in northern Ghana.
Please enjoy these highlights from our day of celebration on November 8, 2018.