Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Ghana. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers register your travel and contact details, before travelling, on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Ghana is generally a safe country with its people noted for their hospitality and their peace-loving nature. However, visitors should be aware at all times and avoid wandering alone late at night.


Visitors should see their doctors and be advised on what suitable medication will be prescribed to prevent malaria. It is also a requirement for visitors to be vaccinated against yellow fever before travelling. Those who have already had the vaccination should remember to take along their vaccination cards.

Other precautions could be useful against diphtheria, hepatitis A, malaria, tetanus and typhoid.

It is advisable to drink bottled mineral water.