Event: Information for Americans in Ghana
The U.S. Embassy’s highest priority is the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Ghana. While we work to facilitate repatriation flights for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who wish to return to the United States, we would like to call your attention to COVID-19-related information available through the embassy and the Government of Ghana.
EMBASSY CLOSURE: The U.S. Embassy in Accra is currently closed to the public, until at least Monday, April 20. All routine consular services, such as passport, notarial, and visa services and appointments, are cancelled until further notice. For emergency American Citizen Services, contact us at ACSAccra@state.gov.
RESTRICTIONS on MOVEMENT: The U.S. Embassy would like to call your attention to the restrictions on movement that the Government of Ghana (GoG) instituted beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The full text of President Akufo-Addo’s speech announcing these restrictions can be found here.
The restrictions cover the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Areas and on April 9 were extended until April 20.
- All residents of the affected areas are asked to stay home during that time and only go out only for essential needs, including food and medicine.
- There will be no non-essential inter-city movement of commercial or personal vehicles.
- Some essential workers are exempted from the order. A list of those professions is provided in the text of the President’s speech (see below link).
REPATRIATION FLIGHTS: Flights on all commercial airlines in and out of Ghana have been cancelled. Each U.S. citizen or LPR traveler interested in any future repatriation flights must complete the online request form available here. Do this EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SENT YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS to us via email, and please do NOT call or email the Embassy to confirm receipt of your request. It is necessary to complete the form only once per person. Unless you receive an email from U.S. Embassy Accra, using an email address ending in @state.gov and instructing you to come to the airport, please do not come to the Embassy or go to the airport.
VISAS: We are aware that some immigrant visa holders and their petitioner U.S. citizen family members are concerned about soon-to-expire immigrant visas. Please stay informed by following the U.S. Embassy’s social media, and checking both the U.S. Embassy web-site and travel.state.gov regularly.
ACTIONS TO TAKE:
- Monitor local media outlets.
- Review the President of Ghana’s speech announcing the restrictions and that announcing the extension.
- Visit Ready.gov for a list of suggested supplies to have on hand.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Ghana.
- Consult https://www.cdc.gov/ for the most up-to-date information on the virus.
- To learn what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information from the U.S. Department of State.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security, travel, and health updates.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana
+(233) 30-27-41-000 (after hours)
No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra
P.O. Box GP 2288
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444