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COVID-19 in Ghana
COVID-19 in Ghana
Ghana has confirmed more than 32,000 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Find the latest updated information here.
Border Closure and Restriction on Public Gatherings
- Ghana’s international land, air, and sea borders have been closed to human traffic since March 21. On May 31, President Akufo-Addo announced that the border closure will be in effect “until further notice.” Regular international commercial flights in or out of Ghana are not currently available.
- There are no current internal movement restrictions in Ghana.
- On April 25, The Ministry of Health released guidance mandating the use of facemasks in public. This directive is still in effect and enforced by the police.
- On May 31, President Akufo-Addo outlined a phased easing of the restrictions on some public gatherings to occur over the month of June:
- Beginning June 5, restaurants may reopen with appropriate social distancing precautions, and conferences, workshops, and weddings, and private burials are permitted with a maximum attendance of 100 persons.
- Junior and senior high schools and universities will reopen for final year students on a phased schedule starting June 15. Final year university students are to report to their universities on June 15. Final year senior high school (SHS 3) students and SHS 2 Gold Track students must report on June 22, and final year junior high school (JHS 3) students must report on June 29.
- On July 26, President Akufo-Addo announced further easing of the restriction on public gatherings:
- Domestic airplanes, taxis, and buses are now permitted to operate at full capacity.
- 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 permitted to reopen.
- Beginning August 1, religious services may operate at full capacity for up to two hours per service. Face coverings and one meter social distancing is required.
Embassy Status and Consular Services
The U.S. Embassy in Accra closed to the public effective March 25 at 5:00 p.m. Embassy staff 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 closure is being taken out of an abundance of caution and in order to continue to protect U.S. 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.
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 alters from the U.S. Embassy.
All routine consular services, including routine notarial and passport services, are also suspended. We do not have an estimate as to when routine consular services will resume. For emergency American Citizen Services, please contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section by emailing ACSAccra@state.gov.
If you are an U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident currently in Ghana, and you would like to return to the United States, please complete this short Online Form. Completing this Form will help the Embassy better assist our citizens and LPRs who wish to return to the United States.
The U.S. Embassy in Accra remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. 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.
The Government of Ghana has set up two phone numbers for questions regarding coronavirus: 050 949 7700 & 055 843 9868. Please call these numbers to learn where you can be tested. Ga East Municipal Hospital, Ridge Hospital and Tema General Hospital have been designated as the primary COVID-19 treatment centers. The Government of Ghana is currently expanding to further support COVID-19 isolation/treatment of confirmed cases with the addition of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, Bank of Ghana Hospital, and University of Ghana Medical Center. The Ghana Health Service maintains a COVID-19 information website with useful information.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Ghana Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Ghana Health Service Website