The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.
** COVID-19 Update **
We now advise all Australians not to travel overseas at this time. Australia has also strengthened entry restrictions that may apply to you or your family. Check latest advice at @smartraveller on Twitter or https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/ghana or smartraveller.gov.au and Department of Home Affairs https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus
- We recommend you return to Australia as soon as possible.
- Regular scheduled commercial flights from West Africa have ceased, but there are occasional charter flights being organised from most West African cities to Europe.
- Please get in contact with us on + 233 302 216 400 or at [email protected] and we will let you know as soon as we hear about any flights that may be leaving from the capital city in the country where you are living.
- Most borders across West Africa are closed and strong travel restrictions, curfews and lockdowns are now in place.
- There are increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Ghana and West Africa so you should limit your movements outside of your home or hotel to reduce the risk of becoming infected.
- Health facilities are extremely limited in the region.
- With the closure of borders and restrictions on movements, the Australian High Commission is limited in the consular assistance it can offer at this time.
- Please note that Australia will not allow the entry of people who are not citizens, permanent residents or their immediate families. This is a necessary further measure to slow the spread of Covid-19.
- For immediate family members who are not citizens or permanent residents, please check the Department of Home Affairs web site for details of what you will need to do to obtain an exemption from the ban on arrivals of non-citizens and residents to Australia.
- When you return home to Australia, you will be subject to 14-day isolation on arrival.
Please continue to follow us for updates on Twitter at @AusAmbGH and @Smartraveller and on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/pg/AustralianHighCommissionGhana).
Welcome to the Australian High Commission, Ghana
A message from the Australian High Commissioner
HE Gregory Andrews
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to nine countries in West Africa. I am thus honoured to have this role as Australia’s representative to 120 million people in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Australia’s relationship with Ghana is long and strong; we were one of the first countries in the world to recognise Ghana’s independence in 1957. Indeed, Australia’s High Commission became was the first foreign mission to be established in independent and democratic sub-Saharan Africa.
The role of the High Commission is to advance Australia’s political, economic and other interests in all of these countries, and to work with partner governments on issues of common interest, including human rights, gender equality, development, trade and investment, peace and security.
As Australia’s first Indigenous High Commissioner and Ambassador to Africa, I am particularly passionate about how Australia can share its 60,000 years of Indigenous history and cultures with Africa. From wildlife protection to arts, there is much to collaborate on and share across the region.
My family and I are excited to have the opportunity to live here in Ghana and to learn about the cultures and peoples of Ghana and other West African countries. We are looking to interact and engage with as many people as possible during our stay here.
I am committed to promoting collaboration and deep people-to-people links across many shared interests, including democracy, human rights, gender equality, good governance, conservation, waste management, free trade and investment.
I strongly urge Australian citizens and permanent residents in Ghana and our countries of accreditation, to subscribe to travel advice updates through www.smartraveller.gov.au.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Visa enquiries
The High Commission is unable to provide responses to visa enquiries through Facebook or Twitter. Please use the appropriate contact channel depending on whether or not you have already applied for your visa, listed under: Immigration and Visa Enquiries (to be linked)
Please do not provide your personal information via social media channels.
Please allow sufficient time in advance of travel to lodge visa applications.
Please note information about visa processing times can be found at this link: global visa and citizenship processing times.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19
#COVID19: Ghana’s air borders are now open but land and sea borders however remain closed. Australia has also strengthened exit and entry restrictions that may apply to you or your family. Check latest advice at: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Australian High Commissioner