Ghana to place fines on travelers bringing measles into the country

Are you planning a vacation to Ghana this summer? Then it may be best to have the measles. That’s because the nation’s capital, Accra, is limiting the number of unvaccinated travelers and will place…

Ghana to place fines on travelers bringing measles into the country

Are you planning a vacation to Ghana this summer? Then it may be best to have the measles.

That’s because the nation’s capital, Accra, is limiting the number of unvaccinated travelers and will place penalty on any passenger coming from outside the country, the Ghanaian Express, reports.

The rule, a relatively new regulation passed earlier this year, will take effect Aug. 15. Fines would begin at $30 and go as high as $1,500.

The new law is in place following a recent outbreak of measles. There have been 40 confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in Accra and in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city.

Measles is a disease that once plagued the United States, and was officially declared eliminated in 2000. The U.S. saw its lowest numbers in a decade, with 2,794 cases last year.

However, travelers are often still worried about their personal health in the midst of travel abroad. This is where the new restrictions in Ghana might come in handy.

“If you travel to an area with high rates of measles, it is not advisable to come back to Ghana without being vaccinated,” Dr. Samuel Smese, chief medical director at Accra International Airport, told the Express.

Accra is a popular travel destination for Americans looking to get an immersive experience. In 2014, more than 18 million people traveled to the country.

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