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Ghana

If you’re travelling to Ghana, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves.  The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling.  Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.

Where to go for more information:

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Latest alerts

Novel Coronavirus

A number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed in Ghana as of 13 March 2020.

If you are in Ghana, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below.

Ghana Health Service – website: http://www.ghanahealthservice.org/

Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.

The Government of Ghana has also published four numbers for anyone feeling unwell (+233) 055 2222 004, 055 2222 005, 050 9497700 and 055 8439 868

HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.

Do:

• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Don’t:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

Travel Alert 

We have been informed of a number of attempts to defraud Irish citizens through email scams. Exercise caution if you are offered a deal which seems to be too good to be true, or if an internet friendship results in requests for money.

Emergency assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Ghana, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consulate in Accra or the Irish Embassy in Abuja.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Social unrest

We advise you to avoid attending all political gatherings as these can be flashpoints for civil unrest.

Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser.

Terrorism

Arising from a heightened threat of terrorism in West Africa and worldwide, there is a risk of terrorism in Ghana. Indiscriminate terrorist attacks could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates such as hotels, beaches, churches or other areas where people gather.

Crime

Most visits to Ghana are trouble-free. However, there are incidents of crime, particularly in and around Accra and the other main urban areas and particularly after dark. Therefore you should take sensible precautions:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and be careful using ATMs, particularly after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Ghana, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Abuja if you need help.

Fraud

Some Irish citizens have been victims of fraud in Ghana. If a friend you have met online starts to ask you to transfer money to them or you receive an unsolicited email with a business offer, an offer to purchase commodities, or any other proposal which promises quick financial reward, please be vigilant about the potential for scams. Contact the Embassy of Ireland in Abuja, Nigeria for an assessment of the credibility of the offer before you commit any resources to any offer.

Driving

The inter-city road network in Ghana is in good condition by regional standards, but falls short of the standards available in Ireland. However, you should be extremely careful particularly in rural areas, as most roads are in a poor condition. Road travel can be extremely hazardous due to poor or non-existent street lighting. If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights.
  • You are advised to avoid travelling by road outside the main towns after dark, when the risk of accidents and robbery is greater.

Public transport

Safety standards on buses and taxis are often low.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security.

If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Swimming

Wave and tide patterns are often dangerous, and swimming from beaches can be hazardous.You should only do so on local advice.

Water sports

If you’re taking part in extreme adventure sports (white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, etc.), make sure that these activities are covered by your insurance. You should be aware that many of these adventure sports operators are unregulated, and so take care that you choose reputable tour operators.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

Local culture

Ghana is a conservative and religious country and you should use your common sense and respect local sensitivities. Beachwear should be confined to the beach, and wearing immodest clothing in public is likely to cause offence or attract unwanted attention.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

LGBT

Homosexuality in Ghana is illegal and can incur a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

Caution and discretion are advised at all times.

Photography

Photography near government buildings, military installations and airports is prohibited as is photography of military and law enforcement personnel.

Health

Health

Check with your doctor a minimum of eight weeks in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Ghana. The standard of medical care available in Ghana is good by regional standards but not as high as the standard available in Ireland. Serious accidents or illnesses may require medical evacuation to Europe.

Malaria

Malaria is endemic in Ghana and can be fatal without medical attention. Before travelling, get up-to-date medical advice as to whether you will need anti-malarial medication. Avoid mosquito bites by using bed nets and repellents, and wearing closed shoes, long sleeves and trousers.

Yellow fever

A yellow fever vaccination and a valid WHO-approved Yellow Vaccination Book are required for entry to Ghana – if you can’t provide evidence of yellow fever vaccination, you may be deported.

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS are prevalent in Ghana. If you’re engaging in activities that expose you to possible HIV infection, make sure you take adequate precautions. If you suspect that you have been exposed, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Cholera

There has been a continuing cholera outbreak in Ghana. You can find more information about this disease from the World Health Organisation.

Water

Water-borne diseases are a problem in Ghana and you should make sure you have a supply of clean bottled water at all times.

Additional Information

Additional information

Climate

Ghana has a tropical climate leading to high temperatures and also heavy rainfall. Due to the heat it’s important that you maintain a healthy supply of clean drinking water. Average temperatures vary between 21°C – 32 °C. Rainfall in Ghana (excluding the north) occurs between April - June and September - November. Light rainfall ensues in the north between March to April and August – September.

Flooding

Floods are the principal natural disasters in Ghana, accounting for many deaths. During the rainy season, heavy rains can cause flooding and make some roads impassable. You should be particularly careful when travelling during the rainy season.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish nationals need a visa to travel to Ghana. You can’t get a visa at the border, so you will need to organise it before you travel. Contact your nearest Ghanaian embassy or consulate for more information on entry requirements, including how long your passport must be valid for.

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

 

Ghana Visa Applications

Ireland Visa Application Centre
F298/5, 5th Norla Link
North Labone Estate
Near UNHCR office at Labone
Accra
Ghana

Tel: +233 302 768417
Tel: +233 302 769018
E-mail: info.iegh@vfshelpline.com
Website: http://ie.vfsglobal.com.gh/index.aspx

Honorary Consul of Ireland

Mr Len Comerford         
PW House
10 Abidjan House
East Legon
Accra
Ghana
 
Tel: +233 30 251 8112
Fax: +233 30 251 8117
 
Email: irlconsul@gmail.com

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama District
Abuja
Nigeria

Tel: +234 9 4620611
Fax: + 234 9 4131805

Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm; Friday 9am to 12pm

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