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Welcome to Ghana

Ghana

Ghana

Capital: Accra

Continent: Africa

Population: 27 million

Currency: Ghana Cedi

Official Language: English

Timezone: GMT (UTC+0)

Ghana is one of the safest countries in Africa. Located in the Western part of Africa, its blessed with abundant sunshine, beaches, wildlife, national parks and a rich cultural heritage.

A visit to the capital, you will discover the vibrance of an African city with its numerous sights and sound. Visitors often love to explore the long tropical coastline. Ghana is also blessed with hiker-friendly mountains and also dense rainforests.

Although its national parks and reserves are relatively small compared to the others on the continent, the networks are extensive. Mole National Park is home to elephants, while in the south the forested Kakum National Park has a hugely popular treetop walkway, not to mention a range of animal and birdlife.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Ghana National Theatre

Located in the Victoriaborg district of Accra, you can catch a play, concert or shows at these masterpiece built by the Chinese as a gift to the country.

Castles of Elmina and Cape Coast

Checkout the castles and forts on the coastlines of Ghana. Elmina was built overlooking Benya Lagoon by the Portuguese, then the dutch made it their stronghold for a long time, while the British-built Cape Coast castle was once at the hub of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Kakum National Park

Visit Africa's first canopy walkway and view wildlife from tree-top level.This spectacular 333m-long (1, 093ft) canopy walkway is the oldest construction of its kind in Africa.

 

Business

With a GDP of $38.9 billion, mining is Ghana's main industry. Indeed, the country is now Africa’s largest gold exporter (after South Africa), and the ninth-largest in the world, with production topping more than 3 million ounces since 2011. Diamond exports have topped 700, 000 carats annually since 1991, and the country is also a major producer of bauxite and manganese.

If you are thinking of doing business in Ghana, make contact with the Ghana Promotion Investment Centre (www.gipcghana.com) to get advice.

 

Climate

Daytime temperatures are usually high throughout the year, reaching 30°C (86°F) or even higher on most days, and humidity is also very high, especially along the coast. At night, temperatures tend to drop to around 20°C (68°F).

Communications

For mobile phones, roaming exists with major international mobile service providers. But if you are going to be staying for quite some time, then try to buy the local sim. The mobile phone service is quite cheaper than roaming.

Internet service is rapidly growing is improving to keep up with demand. Internet facilities can be found in many towns. The connection used to be very slow, but it is greatly improved in recent years. You can enjoy internet service as several mobile phone operators offer affordable and efficient data services and modems, allowing you to access the internet and to send emails through your phone, tablet or laptop.

Customs

Ghanaians love to be addressed by their formal titles unless they specifically request otherwise. Handshaking is the usual form of greeting. Do not touch food with your left hand, it is strongly prohibited.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Ghana by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco. 
2L of wine and 1L of spirits.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.

Gifts and souvenirs are subject to duty. 

Infected animals and carcasses, beads of inflammable celluloid, raw coffee imported overland, coins not up to standard, contaminated food, knuckle dusters, literature considered scandalising, defamatory or demoralising, counterfeit money, obscene articles and dangerous weapons are all prohibited imports.

Restricted imports include diamonds, films, gambling devices, plants and plant products, arms and ammunition, milk deficient in fat, animal traps and nets, and certain spirits (eg brandy, whisky and rum must have been stored in wood for at least three years).

 

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style plugs with three square pins are most commonly used.

Getting Around

Getting around major cities and towns is quite easy in Ghana. Travelling by air, there are domestic services between Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale.

However, the major sites of interest are only accessible by road. You can drive or hire a driver to take you around. Public transport is also a viable option.

Health

The most important health risk is Malaria. It can be contracted anywhere in Ghana and at anytime of the year. The use of a malaria preventive drug is strongly adviced. Other risks include cholera, Diarrhoea, Hepatitis B.

Water for drinking, washing of mouth or making ice; should be boiled very well.

Language

English is the official language. Local Ghanaian languages are widely spoken, including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe and Ga.

Money

The currency in Ghana is called the Cedi. Bank ATMs are available and major hotels, malls accept credit and debit cards

 

Passport Visa

REQUIREMENT FOR GHANA VISA

  1. Application Form to be completed in QUADRUPLICATE and in Capital Letters.
  2. Four (4) recent passport size pictures.
  3. Full names and Addresses of two(2)  references in Ghana including telephone numbers. Emails addresses of one the references should be added. In case of Hotel accommodation, reservation should be made in advance and the print out attached to the application form on submission with two(2) names of officers at the Hotel
  4. Applicant resident in Nigeria should posses Resident and Re-Entry permit.
  5. Non-resident applicants are not eligible for Ghana visa
  6. Applicant requesting for business visa should attach a letter from His/ Her reference in Ghana OR Introduction letter from place of work
  7. Parents visiting Ghana with their children should attach letter of consent to the application.


Processing Time:5 working days

Anybody travelling to Ghana should make sure he or she has a valid passport for the duration of stay. For more  visa information, visit www.ghanaimmigration.org

Safety

Most visits to Ghana are trouble free, but cases of petty and violent crime have been heard. Leave large money and valuables in your hotel safe whenever possible and be particularly vigilant when withdrawing cash from ATMs.

Keep your passport very securely.

Time

GMT

Tipping

Tipping is allowed

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