The Corona Virus Pandemic is causing disruptions to the travel industry in a manner few expected. Major tourist hubs around the world remain shut down with Italy being the worst hit after China. Many countries are trying to contain the virus and one of the measures is to temporarily close embassies in worst-affected countries and institute travel bans for both outbound and inbound visitors. In a similar measure, the US embassy in Accra has temporarily suspended immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments until further notice. A notice from the embassy read…
“Out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with the Government of Ghana’s efforts to prevent and contain the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. Embassy Accra in Ghana is temporarily suspending routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments, effective March 17, 2020. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided on our website to request an emergency appointment.
Emergency services for U.S. Citizens in Ghana will continue. Routine services for U.S. Citizens in Ghana will continue on a reduced schedule to ensure the safety and welfare of our citizens and employees.
In addition, the American Center (Library) and EducationUSA Advising Center at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, and the American Corner in Agbogba – Accra, are temporarily closing to the public beginning on March 17, 2020. During this period, the public will not be able to access the library until further notice. All scheduled programs inside American Spaces and the EducationUSA Advising Center have been canceled indefinitely. In Kumasi, all EducationUSA Advising activities in Kumasi are canceled; however, the testing center remains open.
The health of our visitors is a high priority. These temporary measures are precautionary and not in response to any known or suspected COVID-19 exposure at any of our facilities. The U.S. Embassy echoes the Government of Ghana’s call to observe prescribed social distancing and good personal hygiene measures to prevent community spread. Read the full statement here: https://bit.ly/38W2qqQ “