United States Embassy in Ghana caution its citizens traveling in northern Ghana

The United States Embassy in Ghana has issued a security alert to its citizens living and working in the northern parts of Ghana, urging them to be careful of their surroundings.

The alert was contained in a statement on the Embassy’s official website and dated March 9, 2022, with the title, “Security Alert: Northern Ghana.”

The statement explained that the alert was a result of unsubstantiated information it had received about its citizens in the northern parts of the country.

The alert read “The U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, has received unsubstantiated information that U.S. citizens may be targeted for kidnapping for ransom in northern Ghana, to include the Upper East Region and the Upper West Region.”

The statement further stated that, for all U.S. citizens traveling around northern Ghana, they should be cautious of especially visiting border areas, while advising them to be on top of their personal security.

United States citizens traveling in Ghana should exercise caution while visiting border areas, in particular the northern border.

They should be sure to stay abreast of any Security Alerts affecting those areas. Due to concerns over criminal activity in remote areas, travel of U.S. government personnel to the northern and northwestern border is currently limited.

The statement also added other details on how all such persons can better protect themselves from any of these threats.