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On the 27th February 2020, the Embassy announced the suspension of the delivery of Consular Services to the public due the escalation of the COVID-19 disease in Italy as it spread all over the country. In the intervening period to date, I have maintained contact with you through this medium to encourage you all through the very difficult days of the fight against the virus. Indeed, you have remained law abiding and respectful of the rules instituted by our local authorities.
The Italian authorities have currently initiated the processes for coming out of the lockdown, with the Phase Two “co-existing with the virus” programme. Under this programme various places have been relieved of being locked down, including some workplaces. I am therefore happy to inform you that the Embassy is busily preparing to resume Consular Services on a partial or limited basis.
Bearing in mind the various health protocols instituted by the authorities and being in constant touch with the authorities in Ghana, the Embassy is working to put in place measures which, if respected by all will protect everyone while we open our doors once again to the public, albeit on a limited basis.
Consequently, it has been decided to resume partial services from Thursday, 28th May, 2020 but on strictly telephone or email appointments basis only, until further notice. I wish to emphasise that any applicant/visitor who visits the embassy without prior appointment will not be allowed entry. Kindly note the attached guidelines to be observed by all applicants.
Meanwhile, I can inform that back home, Government is putting in great effort to ensure that our families in Ghana are safe. Rigid testing and contact tracing protocols are helping to gather the requisite data for scientific evaluation for management the disease. This includes review of global developments in relation to COVID-19, which will ensure that the situation in Ghana is in keeping with world standards.
With regard to the opening of our borders and airports however, and any decision in this matter, Mission will communicate information as soon as it is released.
The Embassy wishes to thank all Ghanaians for their patience during these difficult times.
May God continue to bless us all and our homeland Ghana.
EUDORA HILDA QUARTEY KORANTENG (MRS.)
HEAD OF MISSION
PARTIAL RESUMPTION OF CONSULAR SERVICES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana wishes to inform the general public that it shall commence the partial Consular Services to the public from Thursday, 28th May 2020.
In this regard, applicants who intend to access Consular Services at the Embassy, must until further notice, first obtain appointment by adopting either of the following:
ii) Call telephone numbers : (+39)3209617940 OR (+39)3333818891
All applicants who request Consular Services through either of the two channels above will be issued UNIQUE REFERENCE CODES and APPOINTMENT DATES. Without these, applicants may NOT visit the Embassy and will NOT be served should they attempt to do so.
The UNIQUE REFERENCE CODES given to applicants must be referred to in all communication with the Consular Section.
Applicants whose services may not require personal visits to the Embassy will be accordingly advised following their initial phone or email enquiry.
HYGIENE AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS TO BE OBSERVED AT THE EMBASSY WILL BE AS SET OUT BELOW FOR THE GUIDANCE OF APPLICANTS
Kindly note for strict observance.
Rome 24th May 2020
BARIKA DA SALAH !!
It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to wish you, our Muslims brothers and sisters BARIKA DA SALAH! Congratulations for successfully completing your fast and prayers, during these difficult times. Your resolve, resilience, and courage with the hopefulness that faith gives, are what I believe have kept you focused in this holy observance.
I would also wish to thank all Ghanaians for their support to our Muslim colleagues during the past 30 days. Our collective efforts at such times, provide the sense of unity that has enabled them to successfully complete the important pillar of their faith.
It is auspicious that the celebration has coincided with the easing of the restrictions. We are now to gradually attempt to enter ‘Phase Two’, of the easing of the restrictions by the Italian Government, and learn to “coexist with the virus”. The virus has not been exterminated and is still hovering around us. During the height of the crisis we remained law abiding and respectful of the rules instituted by our local authorities. Since the crisis is not totally over yet, permit me to use this occasion to sound a cautious reminder that we should be circumspect in our celebrations as we continue to observe all health protocols.
As we celebrate Holy Ramadan, it is my fervent hope that our faith and our prayers will keep us strong and continue to bring hope and comfort during these unprecedented times.
We have a lot to be thankful for, especially as the figures related to the COVOD-19 pandemic continue to reduce, and as restrictive measures are gradually being relaxed in accordance with the directives of the Italian government.
Let us continue to be guided by the safety measures prescribed by the authorities to enable us continually fight the pandemic that has completely changed our way of life these past months.
In the meantime, please be assured that the Embassy is still in the process of making every effort to ensure that all measures will soon be in place to enable us reach out to you, particularly in your Consular needs. These measures are to ensure the safety of everyone in our fight against the COVID -19 pandemic. The Embassy telephone lines, as well as the emergency numbers are still active.
I wish you all a joyous Eid Il Fitr celebration.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
Eudora Hilda Quartey Koranteng
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION OF GHANA IS COLLATING INFORMATION ON GHANAIAN AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO ARE STRANDED ABROAD AS A RESULT OF THE CLOSURE OF INTERNATIONAL BORDERS IN CONTAINMENT OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC.
TO THIS END, ELIGIBLE NATIONALS WHO ARE PREPARED TO PAY FOR THEIR COST OF TRAVEL TO GHANA MUST SUBMIT THEIR DETAILS SPECIFIED BELOW, TO THE GHANA EMBASSY IN ROME, NOT LATER THAN TUESDAY 19TH MAY 2020, BY MIDDAY:
- NAME AND A COPY OF THE BIO DATA PAGE OF PASSPORT
- CURRENT LOCATION
- TELEPHONE CONTACT
- WHATSAPP NUMBER
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- DATE OF TRAVEL FROM GHANA
- ORIGINAL DATE OF EXPECTED RETURN TO GHANA
- COPY OF RETURN TICKET
- REASONS FOR INABILITY TO RETURN TO GHANA AND CONFIRMATION OF ABILITY TO PAY FOR ARRANGED AIR TRAVEL
THE REQUESTED INFORMATION SHOULD BE EMAILED TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
YOUR COOPERATION IN THIS MATTER WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
ROME, 14TH MAY 2020
The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments in Italy and consistently been engaging with the authorities in Ghana on restoring Consular Services to the public.
In this connection, the Embassy is cognisant of the fact that health considerations should be given the utmost priority in any decision to restore services. The health guidelines being issued by the Italian authorities are under consideration for appropriate measures to be adopted to protect all visitors to the Embassy as well as staff.
In due course, the Mission will communicate in detail, timelines for re-opening to the public and the health measures to be observed by all visitors.
Once again, the Mission wishes to entreat all Ghanaian nationals to continue to strictly observe the health protocols issued by the Italian authorities and remain steadfast in our belief that this stressful period will soon be over.
Rome, 28th April 2020
Greetings to you all. I am reaching out to you again, following my last message early last month. You are constantly in my prayers. I hope that you are coping well while this coronavirus crisis continues.
I have been closely monitoring developments in the country, particularly as it relates to the Ghanaian Community. I have maintained close communication with the leadership of the Ghanaian community in Italy. Your general wellbeing has been of great concern to me.
Your patronage of the twenty-four hour hotlines set up by the Ghana Embassy, continues to provide opportunity for giving callers much needed advice and counsel during these difficult times.
These are not normal times and it is natural that you may be facing a great deal of discomfort and a variety of depressing emotions while trying to come to terms with the situation. I wish to reassure you that we at the Embassy are with you in these difficult times, and empathise with you in all the stress and trauma you may be experiencing.
The important thing is to continue to stay safe by strictly adhering to the directives put in place by our host, the Italian authorities, and be law abiding.
As uncomfortable and disconcerting as it may be, the “stay at home” policy is for the common good. It is the best way to keep us safe from catching the virus.
Additionally, social distancing and personal hygiene practices, particularly the washing of hands, are still very important. Furthermore, please note that should you need to go out for any of the allowed reasons, you must ensure that you are properly attired with the wearing of appropriate face masks and gloves.
I would also like to emphasise that in the event that you need to step out, please use your phones as sparingly as possible. On reaching home, apply hand sanitizer to clean the phone very well. Our hands are constantly on our phones, making our mobile phones the worst possible contact point for contamination.
I will be keeping a motherly watchful eye over you from Rome. In the meantime, I entreat you to maintain regular contact with the Ghana Association leadership in your various localities. They are there to protect your interests and seek your welfare. Continue to maintain the spirit of camaraderie by making regular phone calls to your fellow members and neighbours. You should also remember your families at home in Ghana and elsewhere, to check on them. The spirit of unity that has kept us together in the past, should be reinforced during these trying and difficult times to help us through. This is particularly important for those who may be here alone with no family support, and will need someone to reach out to them.
As you may well know by now, Accra and Kumasi and their environs are in lockdown. It became necessary to put this in place to contain the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi. The good news is that the quarantine measures and rapid COVID 19 protocols and treatment facilities established by the team led by our President HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has yielded positive results. The Honourable Minister of Health has reported this week that of the 152 cases reported as receiving treatment, 33 in total have so far recovered. Unfortunately, 5 persons have passed away. We Ghanaians must take pride in the leadership of our President, more especially in the manner he is leading the management of the crisis. He needs our constant prayers and support, in his efforts to keep Ghanaians safe from this dreadful virus.
In line with our Ghanaian culture and traditional practises, I would also plead with you not to be too hasty in resorting to media, Watsap and other social media platforms, to give what may be termed “Breaking News”. We have a saying in Ghana, “OPANYIN DUA MA NNTI MA NNTI”. Which means that a mature person is very circumspect in giving out what he may have heard. That is, until he has had confirmation of the facts from the legitimate source. Certain matters should be left to the leaders of the community, family members and those whose right and privilege it is to tell the news. Let us respect our traditions, even though we may be away from home, giving our elders and leaders their due recognition. Before any information goes out, it should be crossed checked for authenticity. Most importantly it should be left to the rightful person to make the announcement. This will ensure that neither fear or panic nor distress is caused to those who may be affected by the news.
The Embassy is in regular contact with the authorities in Accra. I shall continue to keep in touch and update you with any further information and or directives.
May I conclude by wising you all well. It is my fervent hope and prayer that God will soon us through this crisis.
May the Good Lord continue to be with you all and bless our homeland Ghana.
EUDORA HILDA QUARTEY KORANTENG