Is Ghana Safe for Tourists Amidst COVID-19?

The loss of lives due to any pandemic leaves damages that affect the general public. The COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously wedged the world economy. Therefore, it is very significant to curb the further spread of the infection in our societies and the world at large whiles economic activities begin to pick up from the ashes. For this reason, most countries, especially Ghana have opted for strict preventive measures that will enable citizens and foreigners to stay safe in the country.

Tourists should not be too anxious about safety and security when they decide to visit Ghana. Ghana is fairly safe equated to other African countries, and as long as tourists arrive and acquaint themselves with relevant issues and take the essential COVID-19 preventive protocols and safety precautions, they should enjoy a safe vacation. 

COVID-19 Preventive Protocols

After the reopening of borders and international flights in 2020, all visitors entering Ghana must have proof of a negative test and take a further test on arrival. All passengers aged 5years and above need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72hours of departure and also undertake an additional antigen test on arrival. These tests cost $50 per Ghanaian passenger and citizens of ECOWAS, and $150 for everyone else, with results available within 30minutes. Payment must be made online before boarding the flight to Ghana.

It’s also mandatory for all passengers to complete an online health declaration form and may be asked to do so again on board before landing. Tourists can note that the US has moved Ghana to its Level 1 travel advisory, putting it among the world’s lowest-risk destinations, where travel is permitted and full vaccination is advised. (Source: CNN Travel, July 5, 2021)

Ghanaians are Hospitable

Ghana is a very sociable country and is endorsed for tourists who have never been to Africa and want to get a sense of what it’s like before venturing into its depths. The people of Ghana are warm, welcoming and willing to help at all times.

Low Crime Rate

The rate of criminal activities in Ghana is very minimal. The Security Agencies, especially, the Police are always on alert and respond to complaints as soon as they’re engaged. In addition, the majority of the Ghanaian populace is known to be the first line of defence when a person is being attacked by an armed robber. 

Ghana Police Service

Overall, Ghana is rated as a lower-risk country to visit, due to these hundreds of tourists’ troop into Ghana monthly for various activities such as business, vacation and many others.

Safer Modes of Transportation

The wonderful experience of using Ghana’s transportation system creates some social interactions between members of diverse ethnic groups, political affiliates and foreigners – sharing interesting topics and necessary information thus boosting the socioeconomic status of Ghana. 

Lower Rate of Natural Disasters

Ghana maybe is exposed to some weather-related threats just like other nations but its ratio comparison with neighbouring countries is very low. The most related ones are floods and droughts usually experienced in the northern part of Ghana, and also some portions of the coastal towns during rainy seasons. Amidst these threats, Ghana still remains in shape and robust. Most tourist sites are prone-free from Natural disasters, our National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Ghana Meteorological Agency have been doing their best to get ahead of any possibilities of threat.

Rate of Terrorism is Very Low

Ghana’s National Security Council has been initiating some high-security strategies which are to help curb security threats, especially, terrorism in the country. The Security Council has targeted some hot spots across the country such as transport stations, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, beach resorts and most crowded areas.  

Xperience Ghana Team at the Black Stars Square in Accra.

Through all, Ghana is the best destination for tourism. Kindly explore Xperience Ghana for any updates or travel packages.

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