Ghana Travel Requires High Degree of Caution

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is consoled by Ghana players
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is consoled by Ghana players during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 26, 2014.

The Australian government is advising for travellers to Ghana to exercise a high degree of caution due to political rallies, protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings including football matches, as they may become violent.

Travellers in Ghana should be responsible to their personal security and should keep themselves updated with information announced by local media about the possible safety and seciruty risks in the country.

"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution around Bawku in the Upper East region, Tamale municipality, Yendi district and the area around Bimbilla in northern Ghana because of the possibility of outbreaks of violence over disputes within or between local ethnic groups," the government warns.

Also, an outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Accra and the Eastern Region on July 31. There had been confirmed deaths due to the disease.

Meanwhile, Ghana refuted claims of religious conflict in the country in line with reported 200 World Cup fans who are now requesting asylum in Brazil.

On July 11, various reports said that Ghana World Cup fans have sought asylum in Brazil because of tensed religious conflict in their country.

Federal police in Caxias do Sul told Agencia Brasil said that a thousand more Ghana fans are expected to request asylum as they were able to enter Brazil through tourist visas for the month-long World Cup.

Ghana's Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu denied any religious conflict existing in their country. He said that Ghana has democratic stability and social harmony relative as compared to other West African states.

"It is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the world. There is no religious conflict of any nature in Ghana," Ofosu told Reuters.

And to those fans who sought asylum in Brazil, Ofosu said that he trust the discretion of the Brazilian authorities.

"The Brazilian embassy in Ghana issued 90-day visas to thousands of Ghanaians. If they fail to comply with the terms of those visas we expect that the Brazilian authorities would enforce their laws," he said.

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