Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Safety Reminder

The Embassy has received reports of marches and rallies related to the December 7 elections. These demonstrations are likely to take place on December 8 and may impact the following areas of Accra: Nima, Adabraka, Cantonments, Labadi, Labone, and Ridge, including the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy and British High Commission. In view of these demonstrations, the U.S. Embassy has suspended public services and released locally employed staff this afternoon.

Please keep in mind that demonstrations could occur at any time in any part of the country during and after the elections. Demonstrations, even those intended to be peaceful, can escalate quickly and turn violent. You should be vigilant, avoid all demonstrations, rallies, offices of political parties and buildings associated with the elections, including the Electoral Commission Headquarters and the residences of presidential candidates. Please refer to our November 25, 2016, security message regarding the elections posted at: Safety & Security Messages

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

For further information about security in Ghana:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Ghana.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Accra, located at No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra, at +233 30 2741 000 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. After- hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +233 30 2741 000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the website of U.S. Embassy Accra.
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