The U.S. Embassy has received reports of a planned demonstration in Accra on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 07:30 am to 12:00 noon. The demonstration, expected to consist of several hundred people, will reportedly begin at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Arts Center, but could impact other nearby areas including Cantonments. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid this route until normal traffic patterns are restored. U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid this area.
Demonstrations, even peaceful ones, can escalate quickly and even turn violent, so the Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and avoid this area as much as possible. Should you find yourself among or near protesters, depart the area immediately. Review your personal security plans, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
For further information about security in Ghana:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Ghana.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Accra, located at No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra +233 30 2741 000 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. After- hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +233 30 2741 000.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the website of U.S. Embassy Accra.
- Follow the Embassy on Twitter and Facebook.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.