Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 4 July 2019, 09:30 NZST
  • Still current at: 29 February 2020

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Exercise increased caution

 Exercise increased caution around Bawku, Brong Ahafo, Cheriponi, Tamale municipality, Yendi district and the area around Bimbilla due to the potential for violent conflict.

Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Ghana.

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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, Ghana

Postal Address PO BOX CT 5902, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana Telephone +233 54 010 7021 Email

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Ethiopia

Street Address
Bole Sub City, Woreda 09, House No 111, Behind Atlas Hotel/close to Shala Park, (Namibia Street), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: +251-11-515-1269

Fax: +251-11-552-6115



Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

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