Ghana’s Consulate in the state of New York in the US has temporarily closed down its office due to the outbreak and of the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
It says the decision is in compliance with the declaration of a State of Emergency by President Donald Trump and the State Government which takes effect on Monday, March 16, 2020.
A statement from the Embassy said some services such as those provided online will, however, be delivered.
“…to ensure uninterrupted service delivery, the Consulate will continue to provide online postal services for visa applications, attestation of documents, sale of dual citizenship forms and issuance of letters. There will be no submission of application at the counter. All completed application forms should be mailed to;
The Consulate General
19 East 47 Street
New York, NY 10017.”
The Consul General in a notice on the matter said biometric passport applications have also been suspended “to minimize the spread of the disease through person-to-person contact.”
He however said the notice may be reviewed when appropriate.
Ghana’s consulate in Italy recently also suspended its services as a precautionary measure against the disease which has since infected over 21,000 people and killed about 1,400 in that country.