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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

  • Reviewed: 27 September 2021, 11:55 NZDT
  • Still current at: 27 September 2021

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We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.


Terrorist attacks are possible in Ghana. New Zealanders in Ghana are advised to pay close attention to personal security at all times. Keep informed of potential risks to safety by monitoring the media and other local information sources about possible security threats. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance.

Violent crime, including armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom, may occur in Ghana. Crime is more prevalent at night, particularly in urban areas. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of a robbery or kidnapping, as this could lead to an escalation in violence. Exercise caution when using taxis, Ubers or public transport, particularly at night. Only use registered taxis.

Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Ghana and is common in larger cities, on public transport and in tourist areas, including at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Thieves may pose as airport officials, or elsewhere pose as police officers and demand money. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. 

Commercial and internet fraud is a common problem in many African countries. New Zealanders in Niger should be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true, as they may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams.

New Zealanders should also be wary of ATM and credit card fraud, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business.

Civil unrest
Inter-ethnic and other conflicts can break out with little warning, particularly in Bawku (Upper East region), Brong Ahafo, Tamale Municipality, Yendi district, Bimbilla and Cheriponi (Northern region). Local authorities may impose curfews during times of unrest.

New Zealanders in Ghana are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning. Pay close attention to personal security and monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks.

General advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.

Photography of government offices, airports, military establishments or officials, official residences or demonstrations is prohibited, and could result in detention. If in doubt, don’t take a picture.

New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Ghana to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

New Zealanders travelling or resident in Ghana should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Ghana are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is accredited to Ghana

Street Address Bole Sub City, Woreda 09, House No 111, Behind Atlas Hotel/close to Shala Park, (Namibia Street), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Postal Address New Zealand Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Private Bag 18-901 Wellington Mail Centre 5045, Wellington Telephone +251-11-515-1269 Fax +251-11-552-6115 Email Web Site Hours Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm Note In an emergency or if you require urgent assistance, please call the Embassy on +251 11 515 1269. Outside of business hours you will be redirected to an after-hours duty service.

New Zealand Embassy New Zealand Honorary Consulate, Accra, Ghana

Postal Address PO BOX CT 5902, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana Telephone +233 020 082 2815 Email

See our regional advice for Africa