Foreign travel advice

Ghana

Summary

Ghana will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December 2016. There’s likely to be an increase in political marches and rallies. Demonstrations could occur at any time in any part of the country before, during and after the elections. You should be vigilant, avoid all demonstrations, rallies, offices of political parties and buildings associated with the elections.

Demonstrations in the capital Accra are normally well policed and peaceful, but sometimes they occur at short notice and can cause disruption. You should monitor local media for up-to-date information and follow the advice of local authorities.

Around 90,000 British nationals visit Ghana every year. While most visits are trouble-free, there has been a recent increase in petty street crime; violent crime can occur at any time. Be particularly vigilant in public areas, and take care when travelling by road. See Crime

It’s mandatory for all foreign nationals resident in Ghana to register with the National Identification Authority (NIA) of Ghana and get a non-citizen Ghana card. See Local laws and customs

Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, particularly in the north. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation. See Local travel

There is a general threat from terrorism. You should be vigilant after recent attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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