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About Ghana

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in West Africa, Ghana has something for every kind of traveler. From its cosmopolitan capital to historic cities steeped in Ashanti culture, the country is known for its urban flair; while its parks and game reserves are filled with exotic wildlife. On the coast, secluded beaches are interspersed with forts that serve as a reminder of Ghana's tragic role in the slave trade.

Location:

Ghana is located on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. It shares land borders with Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. 

Geography:

With a total area of 92,098 miles/ 238,533 square kilometers, Ghana is similar in size to the United Kingdom. 

Capital City:

The capital of Ghana is Accra, located on the country's southern shore. 

Population:

According to July 2016 estimates by the CIA World Factbook, Ghana has a population of almost 27 million people. Akan is the largest ethnic group, accounting for approximately half of the total population. 

Languages:

English is the official language and the lingua franca in Ghana. However, around 80 indigenous languages are also spoken - of these, Akan dialects like Ashanti and Fante are the most widely used. 

Religion:

Christianity is the most popular religion in Ghana, accounting for 71% of the population. Just over 17% of Ghanaians identify as Muslim. 

Visas

All attendees are requested to verify the visa requirements for Ghana at the following link please – http://www.ghanaimmigration.org/visa_info.html

To apply for your visa, you can contact the Ghana Immigration Service Headquarters  or a regional office. You can also go through an embassy or consulate in your own country. This option may make the application process easier and save time.

However, in several cases, citizens of certain countries or those holding certain passports do not require a visa. This list includes:

  • Foreigners in direct airside transit
  • Citizens holding a diplomatic passport (for a limited amount of time of 3 months), from Brazil, Iran, Cuba, Germany, South Africa, SAR (Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong).
  • Foreigners holding an official passport for the African Union, Regional Economic Communities in Africa, or United Nations and its special agencies (the World Bank, African Development Bank, IMF, WFP).
  • ECOWAS Citizens (for special cases): African citizens from any of the 14 African countries that form the Economic Community Of West African States are not asked for visas for short stays in Ghana.
  • Citizens of Commonwealth East and Southern African countries (Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland, Botswana).
  • Citizens of the following countries: Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago.

Climate:

Thanks to its equatorial location, Ghana has a tropical climate with hot weather all year round.

Although temperatures vary slightly according to geographical region, you can expect daily averages of around 85°F/ 30°C. The wet season generally lasts from May to September (although in the south of the country there are two rainy seasons - March to June, and September to November). 

Medical Requirements

As well as ensuring that your routine vaccines are up-to-date, you will need to be vaccinated against yellow fever before traveling to Ghana.

Anti-malaria prophylactics are strongly recommended, as are vaccines for Hepatitis A and typhoid. Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be aware that Zika virus is a risk in Ghana, too. For a full list of medical requirements, check the CDC website

Quick Information Reference

Local Time in Ghana: GMT
Capital City of Ghana: Accra
Population of Ghana: 22 million
Language(s) spoken in Ghana: English, many local languages
Dialling Code for Ghana: 233
Emergency numbers in Ghana: Police, Fire & Ambulance: 999
Driving in Ghana: Driving is on the right. International Driving Permit recommended
Electricity in Ghana: 220V AC 50Hz
Currency of Ghana: Cedi (GHC 1 = 100 Pesewas)
Notes: GHC: 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Limited acceptance of credit cards. Foreign currency must be exchanged with authorised dealers only
Opening Hours in Ghana:
Banks: 0830-1400 Mon-Thur, 0830-1500 Fri
Office: 0800-1200 & 1400-1700 Mon-Fri, 0830-1200 Sat
Shops: 0800-1200 & 1400-1730 Mon-Fri, 0800-1300 Sat