Practical advice for Ghana

GENERAL

Democratic Status

Stable Democracy

Media Freedom

Respected

Religious Freedom

Respected

TRAVELLING WITHIN GHANA

State Coaches

STC Intercity Coaches provide a frequent service between Accra and other regions. In addition, STC coaches link Accra to cities in neighbouring countries.

VIP Coaches

Supposedly the luxury option to its state counterpart.

Coach Route Timetables and prices

Coming soon.
No pre-bookings available for both STC and VIP coaches. Both bus terminals are located in downtown Accra.

By Road

The quality of roads throughout Ghana vary massively. For example, the Accra-Kumasi route is of poor quality, however, the route from Accra to Cape Coast is smooth. Travelling by road in Ghana is safe.

GETTING AROUND ACCRA

Taxis

Taxis in Accra are everywhere and easy to find, however, in recent years there have been a few incidents of robberies involving foreign nationals travelling in taxis after dark. If you find a driver that you trust, you may want to negotiate to keep him for a full day.

Taxi Apps

Easy Taxi

Car Rental

Renting a car is expensive in Ghana. In addition to well-known international providers there are also smaller local options with an option to hire a driver.

Drivers

Many well-to-do Ghanaians and foreign nationals (usually on business) opt to use a driver who is acquainted with the city and its sometimes haphazard road rules.

Tro tros

Trotros are minibus shared taxis, which have fixed routes in Accra. The experience can be a little uncomfortable and manic, however, they are generally safe and cheap.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Recommended Insurers: World Nomads www.worldnomads.com

SAFETY AND TRAVEL RISKS

Crime

Low risk, however incidents of petty crime and sporadic violent crime do occur.

Ethnic Violence

Very low risk.

Terrorism Threat Level

Low risk.

Official Travel Warnings

None.

Safety Advice

Take care of your luggage and keep your passport secure when arriving at Kotoka International Airport. Be wary of offers to help at the airport unless from uniformed porters.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Wearing military clothing including camouflage is prohibited.
  • Homosexuality is “officially” illegal in Ghana. However, a blind eye is often turned.
  • Always ask permission before taking photos.
  • Unfortunately, cases of officials asking for bribes are still common in Ghana. You are not obliged to pay up.

Immigration Essentials

VISAS
Visa Requirements Checklist:
  • Valid passport.
  • Visa Application form (found on the official Ghana Embassy website of the country of application).
  • Passport photographs.
  • Transport information.
  • Proof of accommodation in Ghana.
Costs

Costs are dependent on visa type and processing time.

Contacts
Visa on arrival

There is the option of getting your visa on the spot at Accra airport, however there can be long queues.

Health

DISEASES TO WATCH OUT FOR
Malaria:

Risk present throughout the country. Malaria tablets recommended, and be sure to pack mosquito repellent.

Dengue Fever:

Low risk. As above, be armed with anti-mosquito products.

STAYING HEALTHY
Sun

Sun intensity in Ghana is high all year round. Be sure to protect yourself during daylight hours.

Drinking Water

It is not safe to drink water from the taps in Ghana. Always opt for bottled water.

Food

When eating street food, always stick to roasted foods and sealed fruits.

Vaccinations

Mandatory

Yellow Fever certificate.

Recommended

Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Typhoid

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