Ghana COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ghana has confirmed more than 100 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Find the latest update here.
  • On March 27, the Government of Ghana announced restrictions of movement for the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Areas that will begin at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30 and last for two weeks. The restrictions ask all residents of the areas to remain home and only leave their houses for essential services (food, medicine, etc.)  Workers in certain categories are exempt from the restrictions.  The full text of the President’s speech explaining the restrictions can be found here.
  • On March 21, the government of Ghana announced that it will close its borders for two weeks effective 11:59pm on Sunday, March 22.  The U.S. Embassy understands the challenges the rapidly evolving international response to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Accra is closed to the public for a minimum of two weeks effective March 25 at 5:00 p.m.  Embassy staff will continue to work remotely and will do their utmost to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies to the greatest extent possible under the current circumstances.  This step is being taken out of an abundance of caution and in order to continue to protect American citizens in Ghana, maintain the safety of the U.S. Embassy staff, and ensure we abide by the government of Ghana’s call for minimum movement to defeat COVID-19.  For emergency American Citizen Services, please contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section by emailing ACSAccra@state.gov.
  • On March 25, 2020, with the strong support of the Government of Ghana, the U.S. Embassy in Accra facilitated the return to the United States of 305 American citizens from Ghana to the United States.  The Embassy continues to work with U.S. Government agencies in the United States as well as with the government of Ghana to ensure we can render the best assistance to American citizens at this time. If and when additional flights become available, the Embassy will provide instructions to American citizens in Ghana through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP), the U.S. Embassy website and social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • The Government of Ghana has ordered the closure of all schools beginning March 16, 2020 and has suspended “all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques” for the next four weeks.
  • Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.  Emirates Airlines ceased operations in Ghana on March 20th.  Delta Airlines and Brussels Air ceased operations in Ghana on March 21st. KLM and Air France have considerably reduced their flights worldwide.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Ghana has closed its borders to all incoming human traffic for two weeks, effective Sunday, March 22.

Quarantine Information:

  • Ghana may quarantine travelers allowed entry into the country prior to March 22nd.

Local Resources:

  • Ridge and Temahospitals have been designated to accept patients who believe they have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • The Government of Ghana has setup two phone numbers for questions regarding coronavirus: 050 949 7700 & 055 843 9868.

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