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In addition to avoiding protests and demonstrations, the U.S. State Department recommends being vigilant when arriving at the Kotoka International Airport.
Thefts of both luggage and travel documents occur at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and in hotels across Ghana. All U.S. citizens should ensure that documents are kept secure at all times (including when leaving the airport) and that baggage is never left unattended. Travelers should be wary of all offers of unsolicited assistance at the airport unless from uniformed porters or officials. All permanent staff at the airport are issued current ID cards bearing their name and photograph. ID cards without a photograph are not valid. Travelers who are met at the airport should confirm the identity of their driver, either by requesting proper identification or otherwise verifying that the driver is an official from an organization or a hotel. There have been increasing incidences of impostors who approach travelers before the main arrivals area claiming to be the traveler’s driver or contact. The impostor will have obtained the traveler’s name from the board displayed by the official driver in the arrivals area outside the airport. The impostor then attempts to extort money from the traveler once the traveler is in the impostor’s vehicle. Read more…
Credit card fraud has become a growing concern within Ghana. You should limit your use of your credit card to protect your accounts. Lastly, remain wary of business offers that sound too good to be true. Many cases of scams involving “pre-paid” or “advance” fees have taken place. Being aware of these con attempts prior to your arrival will help put your mind at ease knowing you will not fall victim to those looking for an easy prey.
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