Hundreds of Ghanaians in the UAE will return to their home country this week with repatriation flights scheduled from Friday.
Two flight dates were announced by the Ghanaian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, which listed travel options for June 12 and June 16. They are the first flights announced by the embassy in Abu Dhabi since Ghana closed its borders on March 22 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Emirates airline will operate the “two evacuation flights” from Dubai International Airport to Ghana’s capital of Accra.
The ticket cost for each passenger is Dh2,500 (3,937 GHS) for economy and Dh5,000 (7875 GHS) for business class. Booking and sale of tickets will go live on Monday via the Emirates website and dedicated offices in the UAE.
Last week, more than 100 Ghanian men and women visited the Consulate General of Ghana in Dubai seeking financial aid to travel home.
Many of them were stuck in the country on visit visas when the UAE’s borders closed on March 19. Others lost their jobs before or during the coronavirus pandemic.
With many claiming they were homeless and some sleeping at a nearby park, Dubai Police intervened and moved them to an accommodation site where they have been staying for almost one week.
To date, more than 450 men and women have registered with the consulate to return home.