Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations in Agbogbloshie, Accra

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens about the growing risk of violence in the Agbogbloshie precinct in Accra.  Fighting recently erupted between two rival ethnic groups, the Konkomba and Dagomba.  The Ghana Police Service has increased its presence in the precinct to prevent escalation of violence and to clear the precinct of unregistered firearms and other weapons.

Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling to or through the Agbogbloshie precinct at this time. Embassy personnel are also prohibited from traveling to Banda Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo region and between towns outside the capital after dark.  U.S. Citizens are encouraged to take similar precautions until further notice.

We remind you to take appropriate steps to increase your security and safety self-awareness.  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 via email or phone +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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