Ultimate Guide to Ghana

Ghana officially the Republic of Ghana, is a unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km², Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language

The President of Ghana is in the person of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo , in office since January 2017. He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007..

Currency

The widely accepted currency in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedis. The Ghanaian currency is the Ghana Cedi. One hundred pesewas (Gp) makes up a cedi. The USD to GH¢ rate is the most popular Ghana Cedi exchange rate according to currency rankings. The currency code for Cedis is GHS, and the currency symbol is GH¢. Check the currency rate here…  Click here

Current time in Ghana: The Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is Ghana’s standard time. Ghana does not operate daylight-saving time.The Greenwich Meridian crosses Ghana.

Unluckily, you can’t change your currency into the Cedi which is the Ghanaian currency before coming to Ghana. Despite this challenge, one or more of the following means can be used to acquire the Cedi Whilst in Ghana:

  • ATM: Enquiries in relation to if and where your ATM card is received in Ghana can be made from your bank or Credit Card Company even before arriving in Ghana. For instance, a foreign ATM card with a Cirrus or Maestro logo printed on it can be used at some recognized banks in Ghana. These banks has branches in the major cities; Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tarkwa, Ho, Sunyani, Tema, & Tamale.

Nevertheless, a Visa card is required in case you want to use ATM machines from other banks in Ghana if your ATM is not accepted in Ghana. Enquire in advance from your bankwhether your Visa card has an ATM option that works abroad.ATMs from Standard Chartered bank, Barclays bank, Eco bank as well as other smaller banks in Ghana accept Visa Cards.

Foreign currency in cash (Euros, USD, GBP) can be changed at exchange offices (‘Forex Bureaus’) and banks which usually operates from 8:30am to 4pm from Monday-Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

  • Traveler cheques: It is recommended to use traveler cheques in Ghana because of restricted possibilities to cash them and often only small amounts can be cashed.
  • Credit card. Transactions at some hotels, malls, restaurants among others can be made with your credit card (Visa or MasterCard). However, be vigilant when using your card and keep an eye on it at all times to avoid illegal use of your card in situations such as internet purchases.

With the exception of visitors from West African ECOWAS countries, it is mandatory for all foreign visitors to Ghana to hold a valid passport with a Ghanaian visa. Upon arrival in Ghana, a tourist visa which is legal for a period of 60 days (2 months) is stamped.

Apply for a Ghanaian visa to the nearest Ghana Consulate or Embassy.  Visit Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Educational structure in Ghana may differ from elsewhere. There are the initial stages which is the primary education after which you proceed to the Junior and Senior High schools.

Anyone who passes the senior High School final exams (WASSCE) and wish to further it then applies and moves to the tertiary level. Comparatively, Government schools are usually affordable than Private schools but some people prefer their wards attending private schools as a result of the perception that they offer quality education. Due to this reason, you should definitely expect to pay.

www.traveldoctor.co.uk (UK) or www.travelclinicsofamerica.com (USA) provides you with information about tropical diseases, malaria and immunizations.

Yellow Fever is the only immunization required by Ghanaian authorities whiles all others are non-compulsory.Your doctor or travel clinic can be consulted on which ones are suitable in your situation.

Sun cream, Imodium to stop diarrhoea, sterile bandages, O.R.S. (Oral Rehydration Salt), mosquito repellent, plasters and Paracetamol are first aid items you might need during your stay in Ghana.

Hospital; Korlebu Teaching hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Accra and Kumasi respectively are the two most popular and trusted hospitals in Ghana. There are also private and specialist hospitals. There is a health insurance policy available to ensure medical needs are met but for citizens.

Security;  Although Ghana has been noted as a safe country, minor occurrences of crime and theft in the bigger cities such as Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi, & Tamale and its surroundings cannot be overlooked. In the evening and night, theft often occurs from motorbikes.

There is therefore the need for foreigners especially (since they are often the target of criminal elements) to be a little careful in places like Nima, ‘Osu’, Bantama, in and around ‘Kwame Nkrumah circle’, the old city centre and during busy street events as well. It is advisable to use the ATM’s during the day instead of the night and avoid carrying expensive belongings such as mobile phones as much as possible.

The climate of Ghana is classified as tropical to sub-tropical with temperatures ranging from 24 to 34 degrees Celsius (75 to 93o F.) but differ with season and elevation. Two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November in the north.

The weather is hot and dry and more humid in the northern and southern parts respectively. Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea, only a few degrees north of the Equator, giving it a warm climate.

Electrical appliances expected in Ghana should function on / or be adaptable to 220 -240 volts. Ghana uses UK-type sockets for 3-pronged plugs.An adapter or a step-down transformer or otherwise a multi-socket which can also be bought locally may be required in order to use your electronic devices.

You could prepare for unannounced frequent power cuts and fluctuations experienced in Ghana by coming along with a rechargeable lamps, power banks, candles etc.

English is the known official language in Ghana as a result of the country being a former British colony.In spite of this, local languages such as ‘Twi, Ga, Fanti, Hausa, Ewe’ and several others are almost always been spoken in the communities with Twi noted as the most dominant language.

Comparatively, English is not as proficient in remote areas and villages as elsewhere in Ghana.

It wouldn’t be necessary to purchase a new mobile phone in Ghana if you already have one. You can get an inexpensive Ghanaian prepaid sim cards from one of the networks (MTN, Vodafone, Glo, Airtel and Tigo) which will be activated by registering with your passport and can be used in your own phone provided it is simlock-free.

However, poor or non-existent network coverage at some parts of the country such as beach or other remote places is inevitable. It’s possible to make relatively cheap calls in and outside Ghana with a Ghanaian sim card.

Tipping: Due to the fact that the average Ghanaian worker lives on a very small wage, tips are really cherished. A tip or gratuity of 10% is most adequate if their service is good, and your needs are attended to quickly and professionally to enhance their salary.

Bargaining: Unlike shops, bars, restaurants and hotels, prices can be bargained for at the market, Accra’s ‘Arts Centre’ (souvenir market) and moreover in taxi’s and with roadside vendors. Though there are no clear guiding principle, it’s possible to negotiate 50% off the first stated price.

Drinking water: It is best to buy bottles of mineral water since the tap water in Ghana is non-potable. There are a lot of mineral water brands obtainable in Ghana. Purified water being sold in small sealed plastic sachets popularly referred to as ‘pure water’ which are relatively economical can be an alternative.

Taking pictures: It is advisable not to take pictures of people without their permission as it is not always welcomed. Moreover, sellers at Accra’s main market, Makola market do not often like being snapped without their approval, as they normally do not like that.You are likely to pay and even more if you are a white person. Taking Photographs of government buildings as well as uniformed persons is outlawed.

Ghana officially the Republic of Ghana, is a unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km², Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language

The President of Ghana is in the person of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo , in office since January 2017. He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007..

Currency

The widely accepted currency in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedis. The Ghanaian currency is the Ghana Cedi. One hundred pesewas (Gp) makes up a cedi. The USD to GH¢ rate is the most popular Ghana Cedi exchange rate according to currency rankings. The currency code for Cedis is GHS, and the currency symbol is GH¢. Check the currency rate here…  Click here

Current time in Ghana: The Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is Ghana’s standard time. Ghana does not operate daylight-saving time.The Greenwich Meridian crosses Ghana.

Unluckily, you can’t change your currency into the Cedi which is the Ghanaian currency before coming to Ghana. Despite this challenge, one or more of the following means can be used to acquire the Cedi Whilst in Ghana:

  • ATM: Enquiries in relation to if and where your ATM card is received in Ghana can be made from your bank or Credit Card Company even before arriving in Ghana. For instance, a foreign ATM card with a Cirrus or Maestro logo printed on it can be used at some recognized banks in Ghana. These banks has branches in the major cities; Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tarkwa, Ho, Sunyani, Tema, & Tamale.

Nevertheless, a Visa card is required in case you want to use ATM machines from other banks in Ghana if your ATM is not accepted in Ghana. Enquire in advance from your bankwhether your Visa card has an ATM option that works abroad.ATMs from Standard Chartered bank, Barclays bank, Eco bank as well as other smaller banks in Ghana accept Visa Cards.

Foreign currency in cash (Euros, USD, GBP) can be changed at exchange offices (‘Forex Bureaus’) and banks which usually operates from 8:30am to 4pm from Monday-Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

  • Traveler cheques: It is recommended to use traveler cheques in Ghana because of restricted possibilities to cash them and often only small amounts can be cashed.
  • Credit card. Transactions at some hotels, malls, restaurants among others can be made with your credit card (Visa or MasterCard). However, be vigilant when using your card and keep an eye on it at all times to avoid illegal use of your card in situations such as internet purchases.

With the exception of visitors from West African ECOWAS countries, it is mandatory for all foreign visitors to Ghana to hold a valid passport with a Ghanaian visa. Upon arrival in Ghana, a tourist visa which is legal for a period of 60 days (2 months) is stamped.

Apply for a Ghanaian visa to the nearest Ghana Consulate or Embassy.  Visit Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Educational structure in Ghana may differ from elsewhere. There are the initial stages which is the primary education after which you proceed to the Junior and Senior High schools.

Anyone who passes the senior High School final exams (WASSCE) and wish to further it then applies and moves to the tertiary level. Comparatively, Government schools are usually affordable than Private schools but some people prefer their wards attending private schools as a result of the perception that they offer quality education. Due to this reason, you should definitely expect to pay.

www.traveldoctor.co.uk (UK) or www.travelclinicsofamerica.com (USA) provides you with information about tropical diseases, malaria and immunizations.

Yellow Fever is the only immunization required by Ghanaian authorities whiles all others are non-compulsory.Your doctor or travel clinic can be consulted on which ones are suitable in your situation.

Sun cream, Imodium to stop diarrhoea, sterile bandages, O.R.S. (Oral Rehydration Salt), mosquito repellent, plasters and Paracetamol are first aid items you might need during your stay in Ghana.

Hospital; Korlebu Teaching hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Accra and Kumasi respectively are the two most popular and trusted hospitals in Ghana. There are also private and specialist hospitals. There is a health insurance policy available to ensure medical needs are met but for citizens.

Security;  Although Ghana has been noted as a safe country, minor occurrences of crime and theft in the bigger cities such as Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi, & Tamale and its surroundings cannot be overlooked. In the evening and night, theft often occurs from motorbikes.

There is therefore the need for foreigners especially (since they are often the target of criminal elements) to be a little careful in places like Nima, ‘Osu’, Bantama, in and around ‘Kwame Nkrumah circle’, the old city centre and during busy street events as well. It is advisable to use the ATM’s during the day instead of the night and avoid carrying expensive belongings such as mobile phones as much as possible.

The climate of Ghana is classified as tropical to sub-tropical with temperatures ranging from 24 to 34 degrees Celsius (75 to 93o F.) but differ with season and elevation. Two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November in the north.

The weather is hot and dry and more humid in the northern and southern parts respectively. Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea, only a few degrees north of the Equator, giving it a warm climate.

Electrical appliances expected in Ghana should function on / or be adaptable to 220 -240 volts. Ghana uses UK-type sockets for 3-pronged plugs.An adapter or a step-down transformer or otherwise a multi-socket which can also be bought locally may be required in order to use your electronic devices.

You could prepare for unannounced frequent power cuts and fluctuations experienced in Ghana by coming along with a rechargeable lamps, power banks, candles etc.

English is the known official language in Ghana as a result of the country being a former British colony.In spite of this, local languages such as ‘Twi, Ga, Fanti, Hausa, Ewe’ and several others are almost always been spoken in the communities with Twi noted as the most dominant language.

Comparatively, English is not as proficient in remote areas and villages as elsewhere in Ghana.

It wouldn’t be necessary to purchase a new mobile phone in Ghana if you already have one. You can get an inexpensive Ghanaian prepaid sim cards from one of the networks (MTN, Vodafone, Glo, Airtel and Tigo) which will be activated by registering with your passport and can be used in your own phone provided it is simlock-free.

However, poor or non-existent network coverage at some parts of the country such as beach or other remote places is inevitable. It’s possible to make relatively cheap calls in and outside Ghana with a Ghanaian sim card.

Tipping: Due to the fact that the average Ghanaian worker lives on a very small wage, tips are really cherished. A tip or gratuity of 10% is most adequate if their service is good, and your needs are attended to quickly and professionally to enhance their salary.

Bargaining: Unlike shops, bars, restaurants and hotels, prices can be bargained for at the market, Accra’s ‘Arts Centre’ (souvenir market) and moreover in taxi’s and with roadside vendors. Though there are no clear guiding principle, it’s possible to negotiate 50% off the first stated price.

Drinking water: It is best to buy bottles of mineral water since the tap water in Ghana is non-potable. There are a lot of mineral water brands obtainable in Ghana. Purified water being sold in small sealed plastic sachets popularly referred to as ‘pure water’ which are relatively economical can be an alternative.

Taking pictures: It is advisable not to take pictures of people without their permission as it is not always welcomed. Moreover, sellers at Accra’s main market, Makola market do not often like being snapped without their approval, as they normally do not like that.You are likely to pay and even more if you are a white person. Taking Photographs of government buildings as well as uniformed persons is outlawed.



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