Kidnappings: UK reviews security alert to nationals traveling to Ghana

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The United Kingdom (UK) has issued an updated security alert to its nationals traveling to Ghana urging them to be weary of violent clashes in the country and possible terrorist attack.

It follows the kidnapping of two Canadian ladies who were whisked into a red Toyota Corolla which was believed to have been trailing them in Kumasi.

The victims are yet to be located and rescued.

Below is the summary of the reviewed security alert posted on the UK government’s website.

Summary Still current at: 9 June 2019 Updated: 7 June 2019 Latest update:

This advice has been reviewed in full with editorial amendments throughout

Around 90,000 British nationals visit Ghana every year. While most visits are trouble-free, crime does occur. In recent years, reported crime has increased, particularly over the Christmas period. Criminal activity ranging from petty street crime, to violent crime can occur at any time. Take sensible precautions. Be particularly vigilant in public areas, and take care when travelling by road. See Crime

It’s mandatory for all foreign nationals resident in Ghana to register with the National Identification Authority (NIA) of Ghana and get a non-citizen Ghana card.

Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, and can become violent (sometimes involving weapons). If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before traveling.

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