Top 10 Places To See When You Visit Accra, Ghana

On any trip to Ghana, especially for those who are first-timers and haven’t been here before, there are a lot of questions you would want answers to.  Things about the general country and things to do and see. The first thing that comes to mind is what is there to see? What places can we visit whilst we’re here? You don’t want to be that person who stands at the airport without so much as a clue of where you can go and what you can do.

Regardless of the reason why you’re visiting Ghana, one of the first things you should do is to plan to see some top attractions and places in Accra. Tourists usually want to explore the cities they are in, taking in the rich history and culture this captivating destination has to offer. Ghana offers great tourist spots that you should see when on a trip here.

Traveling to Ghana can be more simple and cheap if you have a perfect travel plan. If you are traveling to Ghana you a budget, then check the Ultimate Travel Guide to Ghana to save more money for your next trip.
Now let see some of the top places to see in Accra.

NB: We are not in normal times. It is best to know more about the destination you visiting before you can make any travel plan. Find out if it is safe to travel to Ghana

Places To See In Accra

1. Black Star Gate

For the sake of your social media feed, the Black Star Gate is the first place to see when you visit Ghana for the first time. It is the sign to show your followers you are in Ghana. I’m sure you have seen a picture of it somewhere on the internet.

As touristy as it is, no visit to Accra is complete without seeing the Black Star Gate. No matter what time you are here and how long you are spending here, you have to see the site and take pictures with it to show some friends and family.

You can ask the tour guide to take you to the top. Make sure you tip the guide. There are few free things to see and do around the gate in Accra.

2. James Town Lighthouse

You should definitely visit the James Town Lighthouse. James Town is the host street for Ghana’s biggest art festival, the Chalewate festival. I’m sure you are going to love the art street since it is the same street as the Lighthouse. You can’t get enough of this street art anywhere in Ghana.

Seeing the Lighthouse is one of the free things to do in Accra. If you are traveling on a budget it is best to see Ghana during August, so you can experience the art festival.

3. Artists Alliance Gallery

Art Alliance Gallery is a place of beauty and inspiration. It hosts thousands of visitors every year. It is one of the best places to see in Accra and feel the true African art.

It exhibits art by African artists in Ghana and by artists from around the world. The gallery also offers arts programs, including workshops for adults and youth. Exhibitions change regularly.
The space’s architecture reflects elements of Ghana’s traditional architecture and is a stunning example of modern Ghanaian architecture.

It is free to walk around the museum or be your own tour guide. If you wish someone to guide you, it is possible. And that is their special visit offer. Where a tour guide will show you around and you will have to pay. If you are lucky that day, the owner will show you around and tell you the history behind every art you see.

4. Legon Garden

Legon Gardens is a botanical garden located in Accra, Ghana, and is one of the country’s most visited attractions these days.

If you are looking to experience some adventure in the Capital, then Legon garden is the best place to visit in Accra.

Apart from giving you a taste of the planned city, the garden is also the home to various species of plants, birds, butterflies, and insects.

Apart from the Garden giving us pleasure, is also making its mark as one of the only botanical gardens in Accra. The garden attracts over 1 million visitors from all around the country.

5. Osu Castle

Osu castle is in the capital, Accra, and one of the most important heritage sites in the country, being the seat of colonial government administration, and the seat of the President of Ghana.

The castle has served important functions, a trading entrepôt during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the seat of colonial government administration; and was the office of the President of Ghana.

In recent times, the Osu castle is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Osu Castle is also known as Fort Christiansburg and it is located in Osu on the coast of the Atlantic Oceans, Gulf of Guinea. It is the first substantial fort built by Denmark-Norway in 1660.

The castle holds an important place in the history of Ghana and is the site of the oldest European settlement in modern-day Ghana.

6. Osu Oxford Street

Osu Oxford Street is arguably one of Accra’s busiest streets, and with the growing number of businesses along its stretch, it is only a matter of time before it becomes as famous as Oxford Street in London, UK.

Osu Oxford Street derives its name from the famous Oxford Street in London, UK, because of its busy nocturnal activities. It is one of the places in Accra tourists meet tourists and socialize. So if you are looking to meet other tourists here in Ghana, Oxford Street is the best place to visit.

7. Makola Market

There are a variety of products in the market, from fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, rice, beans, clothes, shoes, fabrics, paints, agricultural equipment, building materials, iron sheets, charcoal, detergents, soaps, stationery, imported and locally produced foodstuff and beverages.

Jewelry made from locally handcrafted beads can also be found for sale in the market. You should be very careful or you better go with a friend or someone familiar with the place.

8. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (also known as Ghana’s Mausoleum) is a mausoleum in Accra, Ghana, dedicated to the life of Kwame Nkrumah, the first emperor of Ghana.

The mausoleum is a cruciform structure, laid out in the exact shape of a crucifix cruciform, with a dome over the cruciform. It is named in honor of Kwame Nkrumah, who in the 19’s worked to transform Ghana into a modern, independent nation.

It is one of the must-see places in Ghana to learn more about our independent history.

9. W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Park

I haven’t visited the place, according to my research, it is worth visiting attraction in Accra. W.E.D Du Bois memorial park center is a memorial place, a research facility, and a tourist attraction in the Cantonment area in Accra.

The facility was named in dedication to W.E.D Du Bois, a Pan- Africanist who became a citizen of Ghana in the early 1960s. The facility was open to the public in 1985.

10. Labadi Beach

Beaches are the most visited places for every tourist. Most tourists love spending time are the beach and also socializing.

Labadi beach is the most famous beach is in Ghana and nothing can beat that. If you forget the stress and chaos of city life, Labadi Beach takes you back to a simpler time. Local and foreign tourists always enjoy the atmosphere at Labadi beach with great music, entertainment shows, and many other activities.



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Kwahu Plateau: The pride of Kwahu

The Kwahu Plateau is found in the Kwahu area in the Eastern region and is perhaps the most visited plateau in Ghana as the entire Kwahu townships are situated on top of the Plateau giving it a unique outlook different from the other plateaus one would see elsewhere.

As the largest of its kind in Ghana, the Kwahu plateau is 260 square kilometres long stretching along the entire Kwahu area down to the Nkawkaw Township.

Geographically, the plateau plays an important role in the waterbodies movement of Ghana separating rivers in the Western part of Ghana from rivers in the southern part, most notably rivers found within the Volta Lake.

The highest point of the plateau is around the Mount Akmawa area where it measures at 2585 ft from ground level, making it one of the highest points in the Southern part of the country and ideal for activities like paragliding which takes place on the Kwahu ridge every year.

The plateau is well known for attracting millions of tourists every year from different parts of the world with most of these tourists visiting for hiking and paragliding festivals which usually take place in April during the Easter period. For tourism purposes, the best towns to visit on the plateau are Mpraeso, Obo and Abetifi.

One Must-visit attraction in each of the 10 regions of Ghana

 Ghana is a naturally gifted country with many beautiful places of interest, exhibiting cultural value, rich historical significance and offering leisure, amusement and also adventure.

These are spread across the entire country with each region boasting of some tourist attractions. Depending on your interest, there is a region in Ghana to satisfy you.

 With so many tourist attractions in Ghana, it is tempting to list the entire tourist hotspots. Below are the ten regions of Ghana and their specific recommended attractions:

1. ASHANTI REGION – Lake Bosomtwe

Perhaps the most unmistakably landmark in this region is Lake Bosomtwe, the only natural lake in Ghana. It has a powerful attraction for people. When people in Northern Ghana, especially those in the Ashanti Region decide to plan travel for recreation and pleasure, many have a strong tendency to head to Lake Bosomtwe. A moment at Lake Bosomtwe provides recreation, relaxation and a chance to renew spirit and so records a very impressive number of visitors annually. The next time you visit this natural lake, opt for a sail or a ride on a boat and you will love it.

 2. NORTHERN REGION – The Mole National Park

No visit to the Northern Region of Ghana is complete without a trip to the Mole National Park, situated in the heart of the pristine Guinea Savannah Woodland ecosystem with low hills and escarpments. It is a perfect place to come face to face with animals as this destination houses all types of animals from bigger to smaller. Here, visitors can experience the tension and excitement watching animals hunt for food in the open space and this is truly entertaining. This park attracts thousands of visitors weekly, thanks in large part to its enormous size and its incredible scenery.

3. GREATER ACCRA – James Fort

In the capital city of Ghana there are few attractions appealing than James Fort. Located in Jamestown, the James Fort was built in 1673 by the British as a trading post. It has a rich history regarding slave trade so visit should you be interested in the history of slave trade in Ghana.

4. CENTRAL REGION – Kakum National Park

The Kakum National Park is undeniably one of the most visited tourist sites in the country, set aside in 1931 with a wide vast of green vegetation. The park protects an incredible wilderness area that contains about 40 different species of animals. In addition, there is a canopy walkway of 350 metres long and connects seven tree tops which provides access to the forest and also, provides an amazing scenery. The densest population of forest elephants in Ghana is currently located in Kakum. Be sure to visit and see for yourself.

5. UPPER EAST – Paga Crocodile Pond

A sacred pond in Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana inhabited by West Africans crocodiles. Make a stopover at this site for an opportunity to sit on these crocodiles for the cameras. This is the only place in the whole of Africa where you get to interact with huge harmless crocodiles. The only thing they will need from you is a fowl.

6. UPPER WEST – Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary

The Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary, a community protected area is located at the extreme north-western corner of the Upper West Region of Ghana. It consists of a 40-kilometres stretch down the length of the Black Volta River which forms the region’s western boundary with Burkina Faso. It is home to hippos, bats, chameleons, hedgehogs and many different types of lizards and snakes. The sanctuary is an excellent place to see birds with over 200 species identified and new sights seen regularly. The sanctuary contains much more than just hippos. It is an excellent spot for bird watching, including woodland savannah, riverine and forest shore bird species. You can as well trek through the many hiking trails, searching for monitor lizards, bats, hedgehogs, pythons, and even chameleons.

7. VOLTA REGION – Mount Afadjato and Wli Waterfalls

Located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi, in the Volta Region of Ghana at the border with Togo is Mount Afadjato; with an elevation of 885 metres with a breathtaking view. It is the tallest mountain in Ghana and most visitors come for the awe-inspiring views and the magnificent hiking opportunities.
The Wli Waterfalls in Hohoe, also in the Volta Region is the longest cascading waterfall in West Africa, measuring about 143 metres from the upper fall to the plunge pool below it.
Its sheer grandeur, height, beauty and cool environment beat every imagination. It is a natural attraction every tourist will desire to visit.

8. WESTERN REGION – NZULEZO

Roughly 90 kilometers west of Takoradi in the Jomoro District of the Western Region is the village of Nzulezo built on stilts above a lagoon. It is essentially one long pier, called Main Street by the locals, with buildings constructed on both sides. One side of the ‘street’ are living quarters while the other side of the street has businesses, the school, a community center and other commercial ventures. Due to the traditional belief of the people here, the village can only be visited once a week and your means is by a canoe.

9. EASTERN REGION – Lake Volta

Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, offering opportunities for cruising especially to the Dodi Islands. If you love skiing, be sure to make a stop here.

10. BRONG-AHAFO – Digya National Park

The 3,743 sq km Digya National Park is the second-largest national park and the oldest protected area in Ghana. It was created in 1900 as Ghana’s first protected area and given national park status in 1971. Digya Park is the only wildlife territory in Ghana to border Lake Volta, where manatees and clawless otters can be found. The park is also home to at least six varieties of primate and over 230 bird species and has the second-largest elephant population in Ghana.
The sights and views of these destinations are amazing to see and visit, and won’t be quite difficult to decide on the places to visit in Ghana. Bookmark this page and follow this blog at the time of your Ghana tour.

Hidden but alluring: Fuller Falls at Kintampo

Located at some 7km west of Kintampo is the beautiful Fuller Falls with an estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 173 metres.

It falls gently from the east over a series of cascades along the Oyoko river at Yabraso in the Kintampo municipality in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The river flows into the Black Volta at the border between Brong Ahafo and the Northern Region at Dwire Kumboe.

The beautiful, spacious entrance of the scenery is a perfect place for rendezvous and reveling on any day.

Welcome to Fuller Falls
Welcome to Fuller Falls

The water falls provides tourists with a wonderful, peaceful, and a refreshing, cold pool surrounded with seats made of concrete and rocks where one can relax quietly and have a fair view of the falls.

The waterfalls was discovered by a Filipino missionary, Rev. FR. Joseph Panabang, in 1988 and was developed with the help of Adamu Amidu who was then a farmer along the river.

The place was kept as a prayer grounds and named “Our Lady of Kintampo Prayer Park ” where Father Panabang and people used to come for prayer sessions until he left Kintampo in 1998.

It used to serve as prayer grounds
It used to serve as prayer grounds

In 2001, in quest to give the site a facelift and attract many tourists, a private developer started building summer hats and other buildings at the site which was named after one Captain Fuller, a surveyor who plied his trade in Africa.

Hotspot for investors
Hotspot for investors

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park: Chasing memories of an African hero

Located in the heart of Accra’s business district, is one of Ghana’s most beautiful landmarks, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial park.

Directly opposite the Supreme Court of Ghana, lies the Mausoleum. Beautifully arranged trees with inscriptions and luscious greenery entices your eye as you enter into the premises.

The Mausoleum and Memorial park was a former polo ground for the British during the colonial era. It was also the exact grounds where Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared March 6, 1957, the independence of the then Gold Coast, from the rule of the colonial masters, British.

The Mausoleum is an Architectural masterpiece which was constructed in 1991. Upon entering the inner perimeter, one can visibly see the grave of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah clad in marble finish. Directly overhead the grave lies a small opening at the top of the building which allows natural light to fall directly on the grave, to signify that Dr. Nkrumah was indeed the star of Africa.

The star of Africa
The star of Africa

Directly beside his grave is that of his beloved wife Fathia Nkrumah whom before her death in 2007 in Egypt, made a request that her body should be buried close to her husband.

Dr.Nkrumah’s Blue Cadillac, which he sometimes used for official and personal purposes is also housed in a transparent glazed structure close to the Mausoleum. Just behind the Mausoleum is a destroyed statue of Dr.Nkrumah during the military coup in 1966. (This statue used to be situated at the former parliament House in Accra).

The Museum which has a “no camera” policy, contains all what one need to know about Dr.Nkrumah is situated behind the Mausoleum. Inside this, are breath-taking views of some of the personal items of him like;

  • desk(with a telephone)
  • living room furniture like mirror,table,bed,chair e.t.c
  • walking sticks
  • personal pen
  • Photos of his life history
  • Awards he had received whiles he was alive
  • personal clothing
  • books
  • The metallic coffin that was used to contain the embalmed body of Dr.Nkrumah and was placed at his birth place in Nkroful in July 1972

The torch that was lit across Africa by Dr.Nkrumah still continues to linger in the hearts of many Africans and pan-Africans who travel all year round to this venue to hold events and reminisce the independence struggle, and how it has brought us far as a nation and as people.

Lovers of artworks, books, and artifacts depicting Dr.Nkrumah would find a shop within the premises.

“At long last the battle has ended. Ghana our beloved country is free forever” – Osagyefo Dr.kwame Nkrumah (March 6, 1957).

The Legon Botanical Gardens: An urban-rustic experience

Our fast paced urban lifestyles constantly catches up with our bodies, reminding us to take life, one day at a time. Inasmuch as we’d like to escape from all the noise and busyness, it’s another dilemma of which place to go, the commuting distance to and fro, how family friendly and pocket-wise the visit would be.

Welcome to the Legon Botanical Gardens, where oxygen is so pure and refreshing! The whole ambience is cool and serene, laden with activities for the whims of visitors. One can just choose to have a personal reflective walk or romantic walk on the grounds, whilst assuring ‘bae’ of an unrelenting love. l promise, your love life gets a mega boost!

To the bird lovers, you can certainly satisfy your needs here. The Vaughan Dam houses varieties of birds, which are delight to the senses. Arm yourself with some binoculars, some drinks and snacks, your notebook would certainly thank you for the information.

Adrenaline Junkies, there’s so much you can do! There is provision for bicycles and tricycles, allowing you to have an individualistic safari ride, whilst enjoying species of wildlife present at the Gardens, ranging from butterflies, squirrels, birds and the like. The high ropes are safe for use, as it is constantly under watch by the guards of the place, plus, you would be safety-belted too.

The Gardens also has a canopy walkway to enjoy the views of Accra, reward yourself with great pictures on the walkway, as moments like these deserve pictorial immortality.

Parents, loosen yourselves a bit! Research has proven that, children learn better whilst having fun. The playground boosts of having a park feel, and it is very safe, friendly and spacious. There are swings, zip lines, web challenge, and ample space for running about. Positioned strategically by the playground, a massively modern summer hut which vends refreshingly hydrating drinks ranging from water to soft drinks, and some snacks. Picnicking is also allowed, so parents can take advantage and treat the family to bonding and eating in the natural outdoors of Mother Nature.

With a friendly staff, the Gardens also sell in-house grown ornamental plants too.

The Gardens are opened to the General Public from Wednesdays to Sundays, and also on holidays, from 9am to 6pm. It is owned by the University of Ghana. It is located on the Haatso – Atomic Road, opposite the Haatso – Agbogba Junction.

Is Italy Opened To Tourists?

The Covid-19 pandemic has slapped hard a number of countries in Europe and the restrictions put in place by these countries are the only things keeping them from waves after waves of the pandemic.

Italy, being one of the European countries to suffer great loss from the effects of the pandemic is yet to find a lasting solution to the daily increase in infections.

Tourism in Italy is a leading revenue generation avenue, the question is, has Italy opened its borders for tourist activities?

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Travelers at the moment are not allowed into Italy for tourism purposes yet.

All restrictions for Covid-19 travels are still in place while the Italian government is working towards easing such restrictions.

Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Luigi Di Maio initially took to Facebook on May 8, to talk about the government’s plans for opening to tourists.

According to him, tourism is a key part of Italy getting back to normal and the government is working to reopen the country to visitors from foreign countries which have reached a high rate of vaccination by mid-May.

Sri Lanka COVID-19 Entry Requirements

The COVID-19 cases seem to keep rising in Sri Lanka and the authorities have enforced strict islandwide restrictions to limit imported cases.

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Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions COVID-19 2021

  • All travellers arriving in Sri Lanka should mandatorily carry a negative COVID-19 test report in the English language.

For Sri Lankan citizens: the test needs to be either a PCR test done within 96 hours prior to embarkation or a Rapid Antigen Test done within 48 hours prior to embarkation.

Foreign passport holders and Dual citizens: should carry a negative report of a PCR test done within 96 hours before embarkation.  Airlines may request a negative PCR test result done within 72 hours prior to embarkation.

  • Travellers who have received the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine should carry the original vaccination certificate/card (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate/card is not in English or if relevant data are not indicated in English in a non – English certificate/card) or verifiable evidence of vaccination.
  • Each traveller should submit a completed Health Declaration Form to the staff of the Airport Health Office at the health counters of arriving airport. Separate forms should be submitted for each of the accompanying children if any.
  • Travellers who have completed the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and departs from abroad after two weeks of completion of vaccination should produce the vaccination certificate/ card to Airport Health Officer at the arriving airport.
  • All travellers of twelve years and above should undergo the COVID19 PCR test on arrival (Day One) from a Ministry of Health approved private-sector laboratory or a state sector laboratory.
  • Children below twelve years of age will be exempted from on arrival (Day One) PCR testing, if they are continued to be quarantined at Quarantine Hotel / Centre / safe & Secure certified Level 1 Hotel.

However, if the on arrival (Day One) PCR testing of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID19, a child below twelve years will also be subjected to PCR testing subsequently.

Sri Lanka Quarantine Rules For Sri Lankan Citizens

For Sri Lankan Citizens:

  • If Sri Lankan Citizens (including Sri Lankan Seafarers arriving by air) staying in a designated Quarantine Hotel after arriving in Sri Lanka, they do not need to get prior approval from the Foreign Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka to arrive in Sri Lanka.

They have to liaise with the airline and arrive in Sri Lanka after booking the Quarantine Hotel.

  • If Sri Lankan Citizens (including Sri Lankan Seafarers arriving by air) or Dual Citizens (if using the Sri Lankan passport to arrive) staying in a Government Quarantine Centre after arriving in Sri Lanka, they should get prior approval from the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka (Email: [email protected]) to arrive in Sri Lanka.
  • Travellers arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism should get the prior approval to enter the country via Sri Lanka Tourism through, https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain. Sri Lankan Citizens, are allowed to enter through Sri Lanka Tourism and do not need to get the prior approval of the Foreign Ministry.

They have to abide by operational guidelines of Sri Lanka Tourism in addition to provisions of this letter and other Health Ministry protocols on COVID-19 preventive measures.

  • If quarantine is at a Quarantine Hotel (single room or shared facility only by family members), exit PCR testing will be done on Day Seven and after the Day Seven negative PCR report is available, balance period (until completion of 14 days from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka) will be mandatorily home quarantined.
  • If quarantine is at a Quarantine Centre (with shared facility), exit PCR testing will be done for Sri Lankan Citizens on Day Ten (and once the Day Ten PCR negative report is available, balance period (until completion of 14 days from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka) will be mandatorily home quarantined.

Further restrictions may apply, check here for more.

Is It Safe To Travel To Sri Lanka Right Now

No, it is not safe to travel to Sri Lanka currently and travellers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to Sri Lanka. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Sri Lanka due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Current Quarantine Rules In Sri Lanka

  • After completion of formalities at the airport, all travellers will be transferred to a Quarantine Centre managed by the Government of Sri Lanka or to a Hotel designated for quarantine or to a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel.

Transport shall be provided by the government authorities or the Hotel Management in a pre-determined manner.

  • Travellers should produce the vaccination certificate/ card to In charge of the Quarantine Hotel / Centre or Hotel Doctor at Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel.

For “Fully Vaccinated” travellers, If the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccination are completed and departs from abroad two weeks after completion of vaccination, they will be considered as “fully vaccinated” and the following measures should be taken.

  • No further quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated travellers.
  • In charge officer of the Quarantine Hotel / Centre or Hotel Doctor at Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel should discharge the traveller after verifying the status of vaccination (through documents) and issuing a “Discharge Document”.

If there are children below twelve years, they can be discharged with fully vaccinated travellers by adhering to the following measures:

  • Children of two to twelve years should be subjected to an on arrival (Day One) PCR testing and they should have negative results.
  • Children below two years will not be subjected to PCR testing after arrival to Sri Lanka and they will be discharged with fully vaccinated caretakers.

However, if the on arrival (Day One) PCR testing of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID-19, a child below two years will also be subjected to PCR testing subsequently.

  • Quarantine measures for travellers who have not received COVID-19 vaccination/ not completed the recommended doses of vaccination / departed from abroad within less than two weeks of completion of recommended doses of vaccination:

If quarantine is at a Quarantine Hotel (single room or shared facility only by family members)

  • Exit PCR testing will be done on Day Seven for Sri Lankan Citizens/ Dual Citizens and after the Day Seven negative PCR report is available, the balance period (until completion of 14 days from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka) will be mandatorily home quarantined.
  • If the Valid Resident Visa Holder staying in a Quarantine Hotel, has a residence/home in Sri Lanka where they could undergo mandatory home quarantine for the balance period (until completion of 14 days from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka), they should give the address of the residence/home to In-charge officer of the Quarantine Hotel.
  • They can be discharged from the hotel after conducting a PCR test on Day Seven and when the PCR negative report is available.
  • They have to undergo mandatory home quarantine for the balance period (until the completion of 14 days from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka) at the residence/home. They should stay at the same address where they have declared to get discharged from the Quarantine Hotel.
  • If they have changed the addresses after getting discharged from the Quarantine Hotel, they will be sent for mandatory quarantine at a Quarantine Hotel for 14 days.
  • For other Foreign Nationals (including Valid Resident Visa Holders who do not have a residence/home at the time of arrival to Sri Lanka, exit PCR testing will be done on Day eleven to fourteen and will be released after completing fourteen days if the PCR report is negative.

If quarantine is at a Quarantine Centre (with shared facility)

  • Exit PCR testing will be done for Sri Lankan Citizens / Dual Citizens on Day Ten (and once the Day Ten PCR negative report is available, the balance period (until completion of 14 days from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka) will be mandatorily home quarantined.

Exit PCR will be done for all travellers of two years and above.

  • Children below two years of age will be exempted from exit PCR testing. If the PCR test result of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID-19, the child below two years will also be subjected to PCR testing subsequently.
  • If completes the two weeks period of recommended doses of vaccination during their stay at Quarantine Hotel / Centre / Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel after arriving in Sri Lanka, they should be discharged with a negative PCR test result (done after completing the two weeks from last vaccination date). No further quarantine is necessary.
  • Children below twelve years should be discharged with fully vaccinated caretakers after conducting an exit PCR testing among children of two to twelve years with negative results.
  • All children of twelve years and above should undergo quarantine at a designated Quarantine Hotel / Centre / Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel even if the caretakers are fully vaccinated.

These children may accompany an adult who is not vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for exemption of quarantine.

    • If a fully vaccinated adult enters a Quarantine Hotel / Centre / Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel as a caretaker of a child or of an adult, should remain in the quarantine Hotel / Centre / Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel, until the quarantine period of the care recipient (child or an adult) is completed.
    • Fully vaccinated caretaker of a child or of an adult who is eligible for exemption of quarantine will not be subjected to exit PCR testing unless they have symptoms or the person cared for (child or an adult) becomes positive/symptomatic.
    • If the PCR testing is positive, the in-charge officer of the Quarantine Hotel / Centre or Hotel Doctor/Hotel Management at Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel should immediately inform the area Medical officer of Health (MOH) and email the details to Epidemiology Unit ([email protected] and [email protected]).

The treatment protocol of the Ministry of Health for COVID-19 patients will follow.

  • Immediate close contacts of the positive person will be further quarantined after assessing the risk by area MOH / Regional Epidemiologist / Consultant Community Physician of the RDHS office.
  • Discharging travellers from Quarantine Hotel / Centre / Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel

Procedures to be followed by the in-charge officer of the Quarantine Hotel / Centre or Hotel Doctor / Hotel Management at Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel when discharging travellers are as follows:

  • Should issue a “Discharge Document” to each traveller for Reporting and recording by authorities.
  • After discharging the travellers, should email the details to the Epidemiology Unit ([email protected] and [email protected]) of the Ministry of Health.

Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions Lifted

  • The Sri Lankan government lifted an entry ban on individuals with recent travel history in the UK on February 17, 2021.
  • Arrivals from all countries are allowed entry as Sri Lankan authorities have allowed international flights to resume to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI).

However, Sri Lankan authorities announced that an islandwide travel restriction will be imposed from 11:00 pm local time on May 21 till 4:00 am on May 25 in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Paid Quarantine Hotels In Sri Lanka

Eligible passengers can access www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/ and make a reservation at a listed Safe and Secure level 1 hotel to start the process of acquiring the ETA/SLTDA letter.

The passenger may also use a certified travel agent as listed in www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/. You can find the list of Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotels in Sri Lanka here.

Jakarta Entry Requirements COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 alert notice for Indonesia indicating that there is a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

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In response, Indonesia has currently reimposed strict travel and border restrictions in order to limit imported cases of COVID-19.

Indonesia Travel Restrictions COVID-19

  • Passengers are not allowed to transit through Jakarta (CGK). Visit visa to Indonesia and limited‑stay visa for Indian nationals are suspended until further notice.
  • All non‑Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will not be allowed to enter Indonesia.
  • Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will only be allowed entry through Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Manado airports, as well as Dumai, Tanjung Pinang, and Batam seaports.

The following type of categories are however exempted from the entry restriction:

  1. Foreigners regulated under Minister of Law and Human Right regulation No 26 Year 2020 as mentioned in travel eligibility
  2. Foreigners using bilateral Travel Corridor Arrangements
  3. Foreigners with consideration and written approval from the Indonesian Ministry or Agency
  4. Holders of diplomatic visas or official visas for official ministerial visits or higher;
  5. Holders of an Indonesian residency permit (KITAS, KITAP), business visas; or
  6. Aircrew
  • Both foreigner and Indonesian passport holders entering Indonesia directly or transiting via another country must provide a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID‑19 PCR test, in which the sample taken must be a maximum of 72 hours of departure time
  • All passengers must download and fill the health form. A completed online form and the QR code generated must be presented to authorities on arrival in Jakarta.
  • Upon arrival in Indonesia, passengers must take another COVID‑19 PCR test. Indonesian citizens with a negative test result may proceed to a mandatory 5‑day quarantine at a government facility at no cost. Foreigners must proceed to a 5‑day quarantine at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government at their own expense.

The list of hotels can be found here.

  • Cost for hotel quarantine and COVID‑19 PCR testing for Indonesian citizen is covered by the government and only applicable for Indonesian overseas workers, Indonesian student and Indonesian government employee returning from overseas duty
  • The Head of Foreign Representatives and Family on duty in Indonesia can quarantine for 5 days at their own facility.

For other diplomatic matters, the 5‑day quarantine must be in a facility approved by the Indonesian Government and subject to cost.

  • Another COVID‑19 PCR test will be conducted after the 5‑day quarantine. If the result is negative, Indonesian citizens and foreigners will be allowed to continue on their journey and suggested to do self‑quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 on arrival or after the 5‑day quarantine will be directed to a hospital for treatment. Hospital expenses for Indonesian citizens will be shouldered by the government while foreigners must bear the expenses themselves.
  • For foreign nationals who are unable to settle the cost of quarantine and or hospital treatment, their sponsor or the ministry/agency who processed their approval for entry must shoulder the costs.
  • Passengers on diplomatic visas, those who have visas related to official government visits on ministerial level or above, and foreign nationals using travel corridor arrangements following strict health protocols are not required to undergo quarantine.
  • Foreigners and Indonesians arriving from Pakistan and the Philippines are required to quarantine for 14 days and must take an additional COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on arrival followed by another COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on the 14th day of quarantine.

Indonesia Entry Requirements Covid

  • Passengers are not allowed to transit through Jakarta (CGK). Visit visa to Indonesia and limited‑stay visa for Indian nationals are suspended until further notice.
  • All non‑Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will not be allowed to enter Indonesia.
  • Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will only be allowed entry through Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Manado airports, as well as Dumai, Tanjung Pinang, and Batam seaports.

The following type of categories are however exempted from the entry restriction:

  1. Foreigners regulated under Minister of Law and Human Right regulation No 26 Year 2020 as mentioned in travel eligibility
  2. Foreigners using bilateral Travel Corridor Arrangements
  3. Foreigners with consideration and written approval from the Indonesian Ministry or Agency
  4. Holders of diplomatic visas or official visas for official ministerial visits or higher;
  5. Holders of an Indonesian residency permit (KITAS, KITAP), business visas; or
  6. Aircrew
  • Both foreigner and Indonesian passport holders entering Indonesia directly or transiting via another country must provide a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID‑19 PCR test, in which the sample taken must be a maximum of 72 hours of departure time
  • All passengers must download and fill the health form. A completed online form and the QR code generated must be presented to authorities on arrival in Jakarta.
  • Upon arrival in Indonesia, passengers must take another COVID‑19 PCR test. Indonesian citizens with a negative test result may proceed to a mandatory 5‑day quarantine at a government facility at no cost. Foreigners must proceed to a 5‑day quarantine at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government at their own expense.

The list of hotels can be found here.

  • Cost for hotel quarantine and COVID‑19 PCR testing for Indonesian citizen is covered by the government and only applicable for Indonesian overseas workers, Indonesian student and Indonesian government employee returning from overseas duty
  • The Head of Foreign Representatives and Family on duty in Indonesia can quarantine for 5 days at their own facility.

For other diplomatic matters, the 5‑day quarantine must be in a facility approved by the Indonesian Government and subject to cost.

  • Another COVID‑19 PCR test will be conducted after the 5‑day quarantine. If the result is negative, Indonesian citizens and foreigners will be allowed to continue on their journey and suggested to do self‑quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 on arrival or after the 5‑day quarantine will be directed to a hospital for treatment. Hospital expenses for Indonesian citizens will be shouldered by the government while foreigners must bear the expenses themselves.
  • For foreign nationals who are unable to settle the cost of quarantine and or hospital treatment, their sponsor or the ministry/agency who processed their approval for entry must shoulder the costs.
  • Passengers on diplomatic visas, those who have visas related to official government visits on ministerial level or above, and foreign nationals using travel corridor arrangements following strict health protocols are not required to undergo quarantine.
  • Foreigners and Indonesians arriving from Pakistan and the Philippines are required to quarantine for 14 days and must take an additional COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on arrival followed by another COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on the 14th day of quarantine.

When Will Indonesia Open Borders Again

The Indonesian government had officially announced that the reopening of its borders where travellers will be allowed to visit and stay is set for July.

Can I Travel To Indonesia Right Now

As of now, the Indonesian government has prohibited foreigners from transiting and travelling to the Indonesian Territory unless they are in possession of a valid residence permit.

Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travellers, including U.S. citizens are currently suspended.

Can Indonesian Travel To USA Now

Yes, Indonesians will be allowed to enter the United States since they are not on the list of the USA’s restricted countries.

 

Kuwait Entry Requirements COVID-19

Like other COVID-19 affected nations, Kuwait has laid out entry and travel restrictions for passengers from other nationalities.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Kuwait due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

Kuwait Travel Restrictions COVID-19

  • All passengers, except children under 6 years old, must carry an original negative COVID‑19 PCR test result certificate in English from any accredited laboratories. The certificate must not be older than 72 hours from the date the test was taken.

This does not apply to:

  • passengers younger than 6 years;
  • passengers returning to Kuwait with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued before departure from Kuwait.

They must have been a maximum of 4 days abroad.

  • Passengers who have taken a COVID‑19 PCR test in Kuwait and are eligible to return without restrictions can present the same COVID‑19 PCR test certificate provided they return within 72 hours of their test date.
  • All passengers must register on the Kuwait Mosafer platform and pay for two COVID‑19 PCR tests prior to the departure of the flight with the exemption of non‑Kuwaiti Diplomats and diplomatic mission staff, their first‑degree relatives and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity.

The first test will be conducted on arrival in Kuwait and the second on the 6th day of the institutional quarantine.

Kuwait Banned Countries List Today

All non‑Kuwaiti passengers are not allowed to enter Kuwait with the exception of:

  • First‑degree relatives of Kuwaitis, provided they have proof of relationship and a valid entry/residence visa
  • Domestic workers sponsored by Kuwaiti nationals, provided they have a valid residence visa and are accompanied by the sponsor
  • Diplomats and staff of diplomatic missions and their first‑degree relatives, provided they have a valid residence permit or entry visa
  • Employees of the Kuwait Ministry of Health and their first‑degree relatives (husband/wife/children), provided they have a valid residence permit or entry visa. First‑degree relatives must also provide proof of their relationship to MOH staff.

Only medical staff working for the Kuwait Ministry of Health are allowed to enter Kuwait along with their first‑degree relatives. Non‑medical staff working for the Kuwait Ministry of Health do not fall under this exemption category.

  • Employees of the private medical sector in the State of Kuwait and their first‑degree relatives who are listed in the MOH approved list, provided they have a valid residence or entry visa
  • Transit and transfer passengers are not allowed at Kuwait International Airport unless they have stayed outside of India within the last 14 days before their arrival in Kuwait.
  • Kuwait has extended its entry ban on foreign nationals indefinitely.

The list of countries banned from entering Kuwait includes:

China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Yemen, the UK, Angola, Armenia, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Cape Verde, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Panama, Portugal, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Can I Travel To Kuwait Now

Entry to Kuwait is currently restricted and only specific categories of passengers are permitted to enter the country.

Kuwait Visa Ban Updates 2021

Kuwait authorities are not issuing visitor visas upon arrival at the airport. Visas are also not available electronically in advance. All entry visas must first be approved by Kuwait’s Corona Emergency Ministerial Committee. The visa on arrival facility is suspended until further notice.

List Of Countries Banned From Entering Kuwait

All non‑Kuwaiti passengers are not allowed to enter Kuwait with the exception of:

  • First‑degree relatives of Kuwaitis, provided they have proof of relationship and a valid entry/residence visa
  • Domestic workers sponsored by Kuwaiti nationals, provided they have a valid residence visa and are accompanied by the sponsor
  • Diplomats and staff of diplomatic missions and their first‑degree relatives, provided they have a valid residence permit or entry visa
  • Employees of the Kuwait Ministry of Health and their first‑degree relatives (husband/wife/children), provided they have a valid residence permit or entry visa. First‑degree relatives must also provide proof of their relationship to MOH staff.

Only medical staff working for the Kuwait Ministry of Health are allowed to enter Kuwait along with their first‑degree relatives. Non‑medical staff working for the Kuwait Ministry of Health do not fall under this exemption category.

  • Employees of the private medical sector in the State of Kuwait and their first‑degree relatives who are listed in the MOH approved list, provided they have a valid residence or entry visa
  • Transit and transfer passengers are not allowed at Kuwait International Airport unless they have stayed outside of India within the last 14 days before their arrival in Kuwait.
  • Kuwait has extended its entry ban on foreign nationals indefinitely.

The list of countries banned from entering Kuwait includes:

China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Yemen, the UK, Angola, Armenia, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Cape Verde, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Panama, Portugal, Peru, Serbia, Seychelles, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Quarantine Rules In Kuwait

  • All passengers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, 7 days at a locally approved hotel (list can be found on the Kuwait Mosafer platform) at their own cost and the final 7 days at home. The 7‑day institutional quarantine must be booked before departure.

The following categories of passengers are exempt from institutional quarantine:

  • Passengers who have received a vaccine which is accredited by the State of Kuwait: Pfizer, Oxford AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
  • Those who received two doses of the vaccine and more than two weeks have passed since the second dose.
  • Those who received one dose of the vaccine and more than five weeks have passed since the first dose.
  • Those who have recovered from COVID 19 and more than two weeks have passed since they received one dose of the vaccine.
  • Diplomats and diplomatic mission staff, their first‑degree relatives and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity
  • MOH employees, first‑degree family members and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity
  • Private medical sector employees, first‑degree family members and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity
  • Kuwaiti students abroad completing their university examinations provided they have a certificate issued by the Kuwait cultural office proving they are enrolled in a university abroad along with a certificate from the university confirming the date of examinations.

All Kuwaiti students and children of Kuwaiti women (married to other nationals) who are studying abroad will be exempted from institutional quarantine provided submission of a certificate issued from the Kuwait cultural office to prove that the student is enrolled from one of the abroad universities or provide proof of their continuity of enrolment in the universities, institutes, or schools abroad.

  • Kuwaiti patients who were sent abroad for medical treatment and their companions provided they have a certificate issued by the Kuwait health office in the country of treatment
  • Unaccompanied minors below 18 years old

Exemptions to institutional quarantine apply to the following passengers who have received vaccines accredited by the State of Kuwait (i.e. from designated hospitals in Kuwait only):

  • Those who received two doses of the vaccine and more than two weeks have passed since the second dose.
  • Those who received one dose of the vaccine and more than five weeks have passed since the first dose.
  • Those who have recovered from COVID‑19 and more than two weeks have passed since they received one dose of the vaccine.

The above-mentioned categories will be home quarantined for 7 days and the COVID‑19 PCR test must be performed on the 7th day from the arrival date.