Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Ghana on the TravelHealthPro website.
The majority of COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the Greater Accra region. It is a legal requirement to wear a mask in public, and in private vehicles with more than one occupant. For current information on COVID-19 hotspots in Ghana, check on the Ghana Health Service COVID-19 website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
In April 2021, Ghana imposed the need to take a pre departure Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID test on all passengers aged 11+ departing from Ghana to the UK. In January 2022 this requirement was removed for passengers taking the direct British Airways flight but remains a requirement for anyone travelling on other airlines. Follow the instructions set out in the Coronavirus tests before departure section of the Entry requirements page and upload your PCR test using the trusted travel system. If not travelling with BA: staff posted at the entrance to the airport may check you have this test and refuse entry if you don’t.
If the UK is your final destination, check-in staff will confirm you have everything in place as set out on GOV.UK before allowing you to check in.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Testing positive for COVID-19 whilst in Ghana
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 or a private health facility accredited by the government for treatment. The self-isolation period is 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.
Travel in Ghana
Domestic flights and public transport systems are operating normally.
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 and nightclubs are closed.
- Beaches are closed but some tourist sites remain open.
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, as well as continuing 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 another brand or a similar generic medicine as an alternative. 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 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 the Greater Accra Region.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Ghana
We will update this page when the Government of Ghana announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Ghanaian national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is now available to everyone over the age of 18, including resident British nationals. The Government of Ghana is currently administering AstraZeneca (Covishield), Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) and Sputnik V.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page. The UK has further clarified that formulations of the approved vaccines qualify as approved vaccines.
If you’re a British national living in Ghana, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.