Ghana COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [06/13/2022]

 

  • As of June 12, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EST on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer require air travelers, regardless of citizenship or visa status, to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
  • Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.  Exceptions to this policy will be limited to children under 18, people medically unable to receive the vaccine, and emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine. Humanitarian exemptions to this Order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.

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 are open as of March 28, 2022.  See the Entry and Exit Requirements section below.
  • The wearing of facemasks is no longer mandatory, but the government of Ghana encourages everyone to continue to maintain enhanced hand hygiene practices, and avoid crowded gatherings.
  • All in-person activities, such as those that take place in churches, mosques, conferences, workshops, private parties and events, cinemas and theatres may resume at full capacity as of March 28, 2022, as long as the audience and/or participants are fully vaccinated.  Hand washing and hand sanitizing points should be made available at these venues.  Outdoor functions at sporting events, entertainment spots, political rallies and funerals may resume at full capacity, again, as long as all persons at these events are fully vaccinated.

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 24 hours? Yes.
    • See Ghana Accredited COVID-19 Testing Laboratories | Ghana (ghanahealthservice.org) for a list of labs in Ghana that are certified by the Ghana Ministry of Health to test for COVID-19.
    • 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

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 are open as of March 28, 2022.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? For unvaccinated travelers only.  Vaccinated travelers do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Is proof of vaccination required for entry? Yes
    • All persons 18 years-old and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine.  Citizens of Ghana and foreign residentswho are not fully vaccinated, will, however, need to provide a negative PCR test result no more than 48-hours old, will undergo an antigen test upon arrival in Ghana, and will be offered vaccination upon arrival.  Ghana’s Foreign Missions have been instructed to make vaccination a requirement for visa acquisition.  A person is said to be fully vaccinated when he or she has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana.   You need two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Sputnik V to be declared as fully vaccinated.   One dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine is required to be declared fully vaccinated.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes, for unvaccinated travelers only.

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.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • Accra Kotoka International Airport is open for regular international passenger travel. Ghana’s land and sea borders are open as of March 28, 2022.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Domestic airplanes, taxis, and buses are operating at full capacity.

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), please contact ACSAccra@state.gov.
  • Visa Services: The consular section is scheduling a limited number of visa appointments for qualifying applicants. Immigrant Visa (IV) applications are processed according to worldwide prioritization guidance. Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications are processed for students, temporary workers, and for the traveler’s emergency medical care via expedite requests at USTravelDocs.com. Visa holders in possession of a still valid or expired B1/B2, F, M, or J visa are encouraged to apply for a renewal via the Interview Waiver Program. Appointments for routine nonimmigrant visa interviews, including B1/B2 “tourist” or “visitor” visa interviews, are acutely limited and applicants should expect lengthy waiting periods for routine appointments. Expedited interview requests for business, tourism, or family visitation travel are not being considered for emergency appointments at this time. The validity of unused nonimmigrant visa payments (known as the MRV fee) has been extended until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants the opportunity to schedule and attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please visit https://gh.usembassy.gov/visas/ for more information.
  • 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
  • Please review U.S. visa-related COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions to determine if you will be able to travel to the United States with your visa. If you are currently present in Ghana, and subject to restrictions, and qualify for an exception, please contact the consular section at least 15 business days before your planned travel to apply for a National Interest Exception (NIE). Travelers subject to regional proclamation because of planned transit through Europe, the United Kingdom, or other affected countries should reroute to travel directly to the United States instead of requesting an NIE.

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 maintains a website tracking the current number of local cases: https://ghs.gov.gh/covid19/
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