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 July 30, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Ghana

Kotoka International Airport is open. Commercial flights are operating to and from Ghana. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

Land and sea borders remain closed.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Ghana, including COVID-19 testing requirements.

Travel in Ghana

Domestic flights and public transport systems are operating normally.

Public transport systems are operating normally.

Accommodation

Most hotels and other rented accommodation are now open, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures. Contact your chosen accommodation direct to confirm details.

Public spaces and services

The Government of Ghana has eased some COVID-19 social restrictions but these can change at short notice. You should be aware that:

  • The Government of Ghana recommends the use of takeaway service where possible and that people do not sit down to eat in restaurants.
  • Pubs, cinemas and nightclubs are closed.
  • Beaches are closed but some tourist sites remain open.
  • Weddings, concerts, parties, theatrical performances and funerals are banned (private burials with no more than 25 attendees are allowed).

It is now a legal requirement to wear face masks, including when leaving or returning to your place of residence, and when travelling in vehicles with more than one occupant. Notices of ‘no mask, no entry’ are displayed at vantage points including offices, shops, markets, malls, banks and pharmacies. The Ghana Police Service have been issued with an extensive list of places they can effect arrest, that includes outdoor spaces such as car parks, markets and the street.

Under local COVID-19 protocols, people are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands with one another. People are being advised to continue to adhere to strict social distancing.

Healthcare in Ghana

The Ghana Ministry of Health advises that if you develop fever, cough or difficulty breathing and recently returned from a COVID-19 affected area or have come into contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, you should call any of the following toll-free numbers: 112, +233 50 949 7700 and +233 558 439 868.

Unlike in the UK, you will need to go to a pharmacy to obtain most over-the-counter medicines. Only a very limited selection are available at supermarkets or other stores and you may be offered as an alternative, another brand or a similar generic medicine. Where possible, purchase known brands or medicines with a Ghana Food and Drug Administration registration number stamped on the packet. Pharmacies are widely available and are usually identified by a green cross. They will accept prescriptions from the UK.

For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Ghana.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 treatment centres and diagnostics capacity are available across Ghana but are concentrated in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions. Government resources for treatment of severe COVID-19 cases are currently centralised in Greater Accra Region.

Testing positive for COVID-19 in Ghana

In the event of a positive test result, Ghanaian authorities will be in contact. They will be doing contact tracing and may refer you to a medical doctor for a check-up.

Those who test positive and are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms are required to self-isolate at their usual residence in Ghana. This can be private accommodation or at their hotel. Those testing positive with underlying health conditions and/or symptoms will need to go to a government COVID-19 facility for treatment. The self-isolation period is up to 14 days or until you receive a PCR negative test result.

Entry into a government isolation facility can be arranged in exceptional circumstances although there will likely be a fee.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Ghana

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. As further information is available about the national vaccination programme, this page will be updated. Sign up to get email notifications.

British nationals resident in Ghana that fit into one of the Government of Ghana’s target groups should seek advice from their healthcare provider. If advised you are eligible and the vaccine is suitable, you should wait until your target group is called before attending a vaccine clinic.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK authority responsible for assessing the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines. It has authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines for temporary supply and use in the UK. Find out more about MHRA approval for these vaccines.

Information about vaccines used in other national programmes, including regulatory status, should be available from the local authorities. This list of Stringent Regulatory Authorities recognised by the World Health Organisation may also be a useful source of additional information. Find out more information about the COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization COVID-19 vaccines page.

 

 

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