Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (May 12, 2020)
Event: Ban on Public Gatherings Extended Until May 31
On May 10, 2020, President Akufo-Addo extended Ghana’s ban on public gatherings until May 31. The full text of the President’s speech can be found here.
Ghana’s international borders remain closed until May 31, and international commercial flights will not be available during that time. The Minister of Health’s directive on wearing facemasks in public is also still in effect.
The U.S. Embassy remains in its maximum telework posture, and is closed to the public. For emergency American Citizen Services, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail at ACSAccra@state.gov.
Health Information: Ghana has confirmed over 4,000 cases of COVID-19, with the majority of new cases due to community transmission. If you believe that you or someone you know has been exposed to coronavirus, or is showing symptoms of the disease, please follow the guidance provided by the Ghana Health Service.
- 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.
Repatriation Flights: All U.S. citizens and LPRs who are interested in a potential chartered repatriation flight to the United States must complete the online request form available here (if you have already completed the form, DO NOT submit a new one). Submit one form per person with your complete contact information, and please DO NOT call or email the Embassy to confirm receipt of your request.
Unless you receive an email from the U.S Embassy in 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.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local media outlets.
- Review the latest information announced by the President of Ghana.
- 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 the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the virus.
- For the most recent information on 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.
- 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
- Country Information for Ghana
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