Foreign travel advice

Ghana

Summary

Ghana held presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December 2016. The Electoral Commission have now declared an official result that has been accepted by all parties. Political marches and rallies are likely – including celebrations by the victorious National Patriotic Party (NPP).

The situation is calm and there is no evidence of heightened post-electoral tensions. But you should be vigilant, avoid all rallies, any demonstrations, offices of political parties and buildings associated with the elections (including the Electoral Commission). You should monitor local media for up-to-date information and follow the advice of local authorities. Demonstrations in the capital Accra are normally well policed and peaceful, but sometimes they occur at short notice and can cause disruption.

Political marches and rallies are likely. Demonstrations could occur at any time in any part of the country. You should be vigilant, avoid all demonstrations, rallies, offices of political parties and buildings associated with the elections (including the Electoral Commission).

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

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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