Ghana is considered a relatively stable country in Western Africa compared to other neighbouring countries. However, like most African countries, violent and non-violent crime does exist, especially in Accra and surrounding areas.
The standard of driving in Ghana is poor; the majority of drivers are uninsured and unqualified. The local driving community generally ignore road traffic safety and laws. The roads are inadequately marked and in poor condition, especially in rural areas where visibility is reduced. Drivers are known to travel at excessive speeds where road and vehicle conditions are unsafe. There is a high risk of road traffic collisions (RTCs) due to the poor driving conditions, unpredictable driving behaviour and inadequate infrastructure.
Airport, Hotel and Taxi scams are all relevant to the threat picture in Ghana. Criminals will target foreign travelers who are unaware of their surroundings and naïve to the risks. For example, travelers have been the target of armed attacks while traveling in taxis. Theft of luggage at airports and hotels is common; travelers who show their wealth become an easy target and are vulnerable to the threat.
ETS Risk Management helps clients improve their travel risk management plan to reduce the risk of potential challenges in this region. To operate securely in Ghana requires excellent ground knowledge, high-level networks and trusted local resources. Quite often, a non-armored SUV with a trusted driver to facilitate transfers and movement from locations is commensurate with risk, however, this is subject to your risk appetite, and operations while within Ghana.
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