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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [01/19/2021]

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

COVID-19 Emergence of New Strain – U.S. Citizens Abroad

  • The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are committed to proactively communicating travel advice to U.S. citizens amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the most up-to-date information about travel restrictions imposed by foreign governments.
  • The Department continues to strongly recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. We are closely monitoring health and safety conditions around the globe, working in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our ability to provide consular and other services may be hindered by local health conditions.
  • U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on Travel.State.gov.  The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented risks for travelers, and our destination-specific advisories take into account the latest data and public health and safety analysis on COVID-related risks. As conditions evolve, we will regularly update our advice to U.S. travelers. 
  • We also urge those contemplating travel abroad to review CDC’s country specific recommendations and their overall guidance on international air travel.  U.S. citizens currently abroad should closely monitor guidance from local public health and immigration authorities, as well as the CDC. 
  • We encourage U.S. citizens to stay connected with us via Travel.state.gov and through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/travelgov/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TravelGov), and to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so they can receive important messages from their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, including timely Alerts and updates to Travel Advisories.

 Country-Specific Information

  • Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for regular international passenger travel. Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed until further notice. See the Entry and Exit Requirements section below.
  • The Ministry of Health has mandated the use of facemasks in public. The police are enforcing this directive.
  • Restaurants are operating with appropriate social distancing precautions. Conferences, workshops, weddings, and private burials are permitted with a maximum attendance of 100 persons. Religious services may operate at full capacity for up to two hours per service.
  • Large sporting events, political rallies, and festivals are suspended until further notice. Nightclubs, bars, beaches, and cinemas must also remain closed until further notice.
  • Open-air drinking establishments and Ghana’s national tourists sites/attractions are open.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Ghana? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
    • Nyaho Medical Centre, MDS Lancet, Akai House Clinic, and Noguchi Memorial Advanced Research Laboratory offer fee-based COVID-19 testing with a 24- to 48-hour turnaround time. Fees vary per institution and are not covered by the Government of Ghana. On average, testing fees range from 450-550 Ghana cedis. Expedited processing is available for an additional fee, typically ranging from 650-750 GHC total. No-cost testing is available at Government of Ghana public hospitals listed in the Local Resources section below, however turnaround times can vary.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Ghana approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for regular international passenger travel. Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
    • Individuals arriving in Ghana by air must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin not more than 72 hours prior to departure.
    • Ghanaian residents who depart Ghana and return within one week are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding, but they will be subject to testing upon arrival (see the following section).
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • Upon arrival, each traveler age five and over must undergo a temperature screening and COVID-19 test conducted at the airport.
    • The test carries a $150 fee per person. Travelers MUST pay the fee online before departure at https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana and present proof of payment to the airline prior to boarding.
    • Test results will usually be available within 30 minutes. Travelers who test negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to enter Ghana with no quarantine requirement. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana, asymptomatic or not, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center, for seven (7) days at Government of Ghana expense. All passengers who are in quarantine will undergo a repeat COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, also at Government of Ghana expense.
    • Individuals who depart Ghana and return within one week will not need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test. However, they will still be subject to testing upon arrival at the airport.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
    • Domestic airplanes, taxis, and buses are permitted to operate at full capacity. Face coverings are required in public.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
    • Individuals who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana will not be required to quarantine.
    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ghana, asymptomatic or not, will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine and treatment at a designated health facility or isolation center, for seven (7) days at Government of Ghana expense. All passengers who are in quarantine will undergo a repeat COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, also at Government of Ghana expense.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for regular international passenger travel. Ghana’s land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Domestic airplanes, taxis, and buses are operating at full capacity. Face coverings are required in public.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Not wearing a face covering in public could result in a fine of 12,000 to 60,000 cedis, and/or a prison sentence of four to ten years.

Consular Operations

  • All U.S. citizens in Ghana are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrolment Program (STEP). STEP is a free service that will allow you to receive regular travel, health, and safety email alerts from the U.S. Embassy.
  • American Citizen Services: The U.S. Embassy in Accra is offering routine passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services to U.S. citizens by appointment only via our online scheduling system. If you are unable to schedule an appointment, please check back later – additional appointments will be made available on a regular basis. We are facing increased wait times for services due substantial backlogs and increased public health protocols which limit the number of appointments we can schedule each day. For emergency American citizen services (death, arrest, or hospitalization of a U.S. citizen), contact ACSAccra@state.gov.
  • Visa Services: Routine non-immigrant and immigrant visa services and appointments are currently suspended. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided on our website to request an emergency appointment. You can find more information on the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic here.
  • If you have an upcoming appointment at U.S. Embassy Accra, please watch this video to learn about health protocols that will keep us all safe during your visit: https://youtu.be/oWkvaeOPu_E

Local Resources:

  • Ga East Municipal Hospital, Ridge Hospital, and Tema General Hospital have been designated as the primary COVID-19 treatment centers in the Greater Accra region. Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Kumasi South Hospital are the primary COVID-19 treatment centers in the Ashanti region.
  • Ga Municipal Hospital has recently opened an Infectious Diseases Unit and 37 Military Hospital has a recently completed Bio-containment Ward intended for infectious disease threats such as COVID-19. These hospital treatment facilities are expanding laboratory capacity to perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing in addition to treatment.
  • The Government of Ghana has expanded COVID-19 treatment of confirmed cases with the addition of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, and University of Ghana Medical Center. Isolation centers at Pentecost Community Center and Pram-pram Convention Center are the designated isolation centers for confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • The Government of Ghana has set up two phone numbers for questions regarding COVID-19: +233 50 949 7700 and +233 55 843 9868.The Ghana Health Service also maintains a COVID-19 information website with useful information.
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