Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations in Bimbila

The U.S. Embassy in Accra has received reports that unrest is continuing in the town of Bimbila in the latest chieftaincy clashes.  Approximately 10 people have been killed and over a dozen arrested.  It is reported that most NGOs, schools, and businesses have closed down until the violence abates.

The Embassy is monitoring the situation and Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling to Bimbila at this time.  Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling between towns outside the capital after dark.

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, 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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