Are you planning a trip to Ghana soon? If you are going to spending time in the cities, make sure you have considered how you will minimise the risks of being targeted for a robbery or other crime.

Travel advice

In addition to the information below, please consider the following –

  • Avoid travelling with valuable items where possible.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and avoid situations that make you feel uneasy.
  • If challenged, hand over your items – things can be replaced, and your health is much more important.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your passport and other key documents in a secure online location that you or your emergency contact can access if needed. If your passport is stolen, having access to this information will help prove your identity.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Crime is a problem in large cities, including Accra and its surroundings. The area around the High Commission of Canada is also affected.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is common. Attacks by individuals on motorbikes are also common.

Theft of luggage and belongings occurs in hotels. Ensure that personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Violent crimes, including armed robbery and kidnapping, may occur. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone or displaying signs of wealth. Ensure that windows and doors in your residence are secured.

If you are the victim of an armed robbery, do not resist. Attackers have sometimes seriously assaulted their victims for failing to comply or not complying quickly enough.

from Country Advice and Advisories updated in the last 24 hours, which can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ghana

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