Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word "Ghana" means "Warrior King".Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms, including the Ga Adangbes on the eastern coast, inland Empire of Ashanti and vario ...us Fante states along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874. A significant trade in slaves originated from the country, and relics of this sordid activity remain to this day. Ghana achieved independence in 1957. The capitol city is Accra which is well served by international airlines. Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A visa is required for all American and Canadian citizens traveling to Ghana. There are no on arrival visas, so it is important to apply well before your intended departure date. A single entry visa is valid for 3 months.
Please note that Ghana has suspended Transit Without A Visa for all nationals that require a visa to enter Ghana for business or tourism, including US and Canadian nationals. All nationals that require a visa to enter must now obtain a transit visa even if they do not leave the airport.
Currently Required Vaccinations: Yellow Fever
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. French medications are far more readily available than US pharmaceuticals
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Ghana is home to a tropical climate, with very warm temperatures as it is only a few degrees north of the Equator. The north of Ghana is hot and dry, while the south-west corner is hot and humid. There are two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. In the north the wet seasons occurs from March to November, while in the south it runs from April to mid-November. The average annual high for the country is 28 degrees Celsius.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Ghana is provided at 230V/50HZ. Outlets are of the UK 3-pin variety.
We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Ghana. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: Internet access is widely available throughout larger cities. Internet cafes are very popular, although connections may be very slow. Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
The currency in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi (GH¢) one US dollar is roughly equivalent to 2.29 GHS. Coins in circulation come in denominations of GH¢1, 1Gp, 5Gp, 10Gp, 20Gp, and 50Gp. Banknotes in circulation are as follows: GH¢5, GH¢10, GH¢20, and GH¢50. Generally speaking, we advise bringing $50 -$75 USD per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).
Currency: Ghana Cedi
Religion: Christianity is the most popular religion in Ghana
Time Zone: UTC
Telephone: Country code for calling outside of Ghana is +233
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Ghana: For police dial 191, fire service 192, ambulance 193.