Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (April 13, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (April 13, 2018) Location 1 (April 17, 2018): Town center, south of the Kumasi Central Market, concluding in the Aboabo neighborhood of Kumasi, Ghana Event 1: Ongoing demonstrations are expected to take place on April 17, 2018, beginning around 0700 and concluding around 1200 in the town ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice. The Travel ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Accra on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of a planned demonstration on Wednesday, December 20th, at 8 a.m., to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The route is reported to begin at Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Old Hearts of Oak’s park. The U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Kente Festival, Volta Region, October 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that due to security concerns, U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid the Kente Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 21 in the Volta Region.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to do the same. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Accra on Monday, Sept. 18

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of a planned demonstration in Accra on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 07:30 am to 12:00 noon. The demonstration, expected to consist of several hundred people, will reportedly begin at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Arts Center, but could impact other nearby areas including Cantonments. The U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Growing Crime in Certain Areas of Greater Accra

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that, due to credible reports of growing crime rates, U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid the following precincts of Accra: Avenor Sowutuom Sukura Agbobloshie Ashaiman (located in the Tema Region) Nima *(see below) *Except when traveling via the main highway past Nima. U.S. citizens are encouraged to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at the Togo Embassy

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of several hundred people demonstrating around the Togo Embassy, in the vicinity of the Togo Circle.  The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the neighborhood until normal traffic patterns are restored.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid this area. Demonstrations, even peaceful ones, can escalate quickly ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Avenor Neighborhood, Accra

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of violence in the Avenor neighborhood of Accra. As a result, the Ghana Police Service maintains a heavy presence and has diverted traffic in the vicinity of the neighborhood. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the neighborhood until normal traffic patterns are restored. U.S. Embassy personnel have ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Crime Trend Reported by Ghana Police

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Ghana Police Service issued an advisory on July 11, 2017, alerting citizens and the media to an emerging crime trend wherein criminals are ambushing people as they enter and exit their residences. The CID advisory is available at the Ghana Police Service ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations in Agbogbloshie, Accra

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens about the growing risk of violence in the Agbogbloshie precinct in Accra.  Fighting recently erupted between two rival ethnic groups, the Konkomba and Dagomba.  The Ghana Police Service has increased its presence in the precinct to prevent escalation of violence and to clear the precinct of unregistered firearms and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika affected areas, please visit CDC’s  interactive map . For more information about travel  guidance for pregnant women , visit ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations at Banda Ahenkro, Brong Ahafo

The U.S. Embassy in Accra is aware of reports that a group calling themselves “Concerned Members of Banda Ahenkro” has vowed to violently evict all workers who are not natives of Banda Ahenkro from the Brong Ahafo region. The Embassy is also aware of reports that the group has warned all foreigners working in the ...
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Submit a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Today to Ensure You Can Participate in 2017 Special Elections

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations in Bimbila

The U.S. Embassy in Accra has received reports that unrest is continuing in the town of Bimbila in the latest chieftaincy clashes.  Approximately 10 people have been killed and over a dozen arrested.  It is reported that most NGOs, schools, and businesses have closed down until the violence abates. The Embassy is monitoring the situation ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Safety Reminder

The Embassy has received reports of marches and rallies related to the December 7 elections. These demonstrations are likely to take place on December 8 and may impact the following areas of Accra: Nima, Adabraka, Cantonments, Labadi, Labone, and Ridge, including the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy and British High Commission. In view of these ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations and the Upcoming Elections

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Ghana will hold its presidential and parliamentary elections.  While the Embassy has no information regarding planned protests, it should be noted that social disruptions or protests could occur with little or no warning throughout Ghana. Exercise caution during the election process, particularly around ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens Criminal Activities & Personal Safety

The U.S. Embassy in Accra would like to alert the U.S. citizen community of recent reports of robberies, including armed robberies, in or around Accra. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal ...
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Current Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. 
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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”

The U.S. Embassy in Accra reminds U.S. citizens that The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers webinar link available at: www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 . Attendees should log ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens IRS Webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers

The U.S. Embassy in Accra informs U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers” on May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT.  To register and attend this webinar, please use the Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers webinar link or  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/490/14725 .  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Vigilance and Travel to Ghana

United States Embassy Accra, Ghana  On March 15 the U.S. Department of Defense issued a travel advisory that places restrictions on unofficial, i.e., personal, travel by Department of Defense personnel to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea until June 30, 2016.  These restrictions only apply to active duty and civilian employees of the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bacterial Meningitis Outbreak in Ghana

The U.S. Embassy in Accra informs U.S. citizens of the bacterial meningitis outbreak in several districts in Ghana. Two types of meningitis have been detected in Ghana this year – the endemic meningococcal meningitis strain and pneumococcal meningitis – both with reported deaths. Both of these types of meningitis also occur in the United States, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Vehicle Robberies

United States Embassy Accra, Ghana The U.S. Embassy in Accra advises U.S. citizens that The Eastern Regional Police Commander warns the general public of an increase in vehicle robberies and road blocks conducted by criminal elements on a stretch of highway that links Nkawkaw to Kumasi. The Police Commander moved additional resources to this section ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Accra advises U.S. citizens that political groups including “Let My Vote Count,” “Alliance for Accountable Governance,” and the “Movement for Democratic Change” plan to hold a demonstration on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Timing of the demonstration and march has not been announced. The protest march will extend between the Kwame Nkrumah ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Update: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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