Official Travel Advice for Ghana
Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information about International Driving Permits
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
Around 90,000 British nationals visit Ghana every year. While most visits are trouble-free, crime does occur. In recent years, reported crime has increased, particularly over the Christmas period. Criminal activity ranging from petty street crime, to violent crime can occur at any time. Take sensible precautions. 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. There remains a risk of localised civil unrest in Yendi, Tamale and surrounding areas after the conclusion of Chieftaincy funerals. The government has imposed a 6pm to 6am curfew in Yendi to maintain peace and security. If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities, given the risk of localised civil unrest. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation. See Local travel
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Ghana
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 931,000 in 2010
English (official language) 36%
Ewe (official regional language) 11%
Accra (also largest city)
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