Crime and Covid Cases in Ghana: “Exercise increased caution” – US Gov’t urges travelers

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In a travel advisory post published by the United States Government through its Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, prospective travelers heading to Ghana, as well as American citizens traveling within Ghana, are advised to be extra careful while in Ghana, due to a recent hikes in cases of both COVID-19 and crime.

The post reads:

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Ghana due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Ghana.

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Country summary: Violent crimes, such as carjacking and street mugging, do occur. These crimes often happen at night and in isolated locations. Exercise increased caution specifically due to crime:

– in urban areas and crowded markets
when traveling by private or public transportation after dark, as criminal elements may use blockades to slow down and restrict movement of vehicles
– in areas near the northern border in the Upper East and Upper West regions
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to more serious crimes.

Exercise increased caution in:

Parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East regions due to civil unrest.
Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Ghana:

See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety Report for Ghana.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Areas Near the Northern Border in the Upper East and Upper West Regions – Exercise Increased Caution

U.S. citizens traveling in Ghana should exercise caution while visiting border areas, in particular the northern border, and be sure to stay abreast of any Security Alerts affecting those areas. Due to security concerns over criminal activity in remote areas, travel of U.S. government personnel to the northern and northwestern border is currently limited.

Parts of the Bono East, Bono, Savannah, Northern, North East, and Upper East Regions – Exercise Increased Caution

Civil unrest due to tribal disputes can occur at any time. The likelihood for violence developing from a tribal dispute is greater in parts of these regions.”

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