Ghana

Map of Ghana

Plugs and Electricity in Ghana

Electricity

Voltage

230 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Round pin plug with grounding pin or rectangular three blade plug (as in the UK).

Flights in Ghana

Several airlines offer low-priced domestic flights from Kotoka Airport, 10 km (6miles) north-east of central Accra, operating to Kumasi and Tamale.

CTK Network Aviation flights in Ghana

www.flycitylink.com

CTK Network Aviation operate domestic flights throughout Ghana with their main base in Accra.

Flights from the UK to Ghana

International flights arrive and depart from Accra International Airport.

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Ghana

www.ba.com

Daily flights from London Heathrow direct to Accra, flight time approximately 6:55 hours.

Weather in Ghana

The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures vary with season and elevation. Except in the north two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November.  In the north the rainy season begins in April and lasts until September.  Annual rainfall ranges from about 1,100 mm (about 43 in) in the north to about 2,100 mm (about 83 in) in the southeast.

The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from the northeast from December to March, lowering the humidity and creating hot days and cool nights in the north.  In the south the effects of the harmattan are felt in January.  In most areas the highest temperatures occur in March, the lowest in August.

Best Time to Visit Ghana

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Ghana

Local Currency

Cedi (GHC)

General Advice

Ghana’s currency has been re-denominated, and the new Ghanaian currency is the Ghana cedi (GHS).  From 01 January 2008 only the new  banknotes and coins will be in circulation.

Money Exchange

Banks and forex bureaux are available at the airport, and in all main towns.  Banking hours Monday – Friday 08:30 – 14:00.

ATM Availability

Other than in major cities and towns, ATMs are not widely available in Ghana and should not be relied upon.  For more information check the Visa ATM locator, theMasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit card fraud in Ghana is on the increase and is now a considerable problem. Although a relatively small number of establishments in Ghana accept credit cards, their use should be very limited and avoided whenever possible.

Other Information

The import of cedis is prohibited. There are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign currencies provided that they are declared upon arrival and exchanged for local currency only through banks and foreign exchange bureaus.  An Exchange Control Form T-5 may be given to visitors on arrival; if not, you may request it.  Foreign currency and all transactions made while in the country must be recorded on this form. Store this form safely; its loss can result in problems.

Unused cedis can be reconverted into foreign currency by local banks or the Bank of Ghana, but the T-5 declaration form must show that the monies were obtained while in Ghana from an authorized dealer in foreign exchange. Currency transactions with private citizens are illegal.

Entry Requirements for Ghana

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
Canada A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
Denmark A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
Ireland A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
Netherlands A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
New Zealand A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
South Africa A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
United States A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.
United Kingdom A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Ghana

Buses

Government-run buses connect most major towns and some smaller ones, but service is often unreliable.  Private bus companies offer a greater degree of reliability.

Taxis

Other than buses most Ghanaians get around in taxis, tro-tros (minibuses) and mammy wagons (generally some sort of converted pickup truck).

Car Hire

Car rental is expensive but available in Accra.

Driving

Ghana’s road network is in decent shape, though there are some badly potholed stretches between Kumasi and Tamale, and almost all secondary roads are unsealed. You’re bound to run into an occasional police checkpoint, though they’re usually just angling for a ‘dash’ (a kickback). You should have plenty of previous experience of driving overseas before tackling Ghana’s roads.

Trains

Trains connect Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi in a single-track triangle. No need to book in advance unless you require a sleeper train.  Carriages are comfortable though the service is slow.

Boats

The Yapei Queen makes a fantastic way to travel in Ghana.  The ferry makes weekly scheduled 24-hour journeys the entire length of Lake Volta from Akosombo, 104 km north-east of Accra, to Yeji, more than 200 km away on the lake’s north-western shore. The steamer stops at many villages on the way.

Smaller ferries also operate to other lakeside destinations.

Translator

Africa Travel Information