SAFETY & SECURITY
Although Ghana is considered a peaceful and a safe country, visitors or tourists are advised to be wary and careful of strangers and must do well to avoid secluded and quiet places. Personal belongings and important documents must be kept secure.
Visitors entering Ghana with more than USD10,000 in cash are required to declare the amount upon entry into Ghana. Always try to avoid moving around with plenty “Physical cash” to avoid attracting bad persons to you.
Make sure to take registered taxi from a taxi rank which is much safer than ‘roaming’ taxis which patrol around looking for hires. Taxis are recognized by their bright yellow fenders. You must take note of the registration number of the car you are boarding and negotiate the fare before the car take off to avoid misunderstanding when you reach your destination. “Trotros” are also available from their stations but might not be comfortable and are generally not regarded as a safe mode of transport. Trotros are less expensive and adventure filled mini buses which ply most cities and towns.
Boarding motorbikes known as “okada” is illegal and unsafe.
Licensed car rentals also offer chauffeur driven and self driven cars as well as air-conditioned tourist mini buses. Ghana tour operators offer tailor-made tours on request. Information on licensed tour operators can be obtained from Ghana Tourism Authority.
Travelers may be routinely stopped at Police Check points throughout the country. Cars and passengers may be searched to ensure that travelers are at safety. Foreign nationals are expected to carry documentation of their status such as passports and visas.
Ghana has five (5) domestic airlines which flies to some selected regional capitals and some neighboring African cities.
A traveler or tourist can travel the length of the Volta Lake by ferry.” Dodi Princess” is a pleasure boat which offers cruises on the Volta Lake.
DOS AND DON’TS
- The Government of Ghana maintains strict regulations on the import and export of gold, diamonds, and other precious natural resources. Only agents licensed by the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) may handle import/export transactions of these natural resources. Any transaction lacking the Commission’s endorsement may be illegal and/or fraudulent. Attempts to evade regulations are punishable by prison terms.
- It is illegal to wear military or camouflage clothing.
- Taking photos of sensitive installations like the seat of government, military installations, government buildings, Airports etc are prohibited. Permission should also be obtained before taking photographs of such places and anyone in security uniform (police and military officers).
DUAL NATIONALITY: As of July 2002 the Government of Ghana now permits dual nationality. Applicants must follow all procedures.
Ghana’s hotels are classified in accordance with the international star system with 5-star being the highest and 1-star being the minimum international accepted quality.
The grade of a hotel in Ghana is identified on a hotel license issued by the Ghana Tourism Authority and is displayed at the reception.
There are also local budget hotels with minimum standards of sanitation and comfort.
Hotels and Guest Houses are available at almost all tourist attraction towns and districts in the country.
There are wide selection of international restaurants in all the regional capitals and some district capitals which serve all types of international cuisines.
Visitors or tourist are encouraged to sample delicious and spicy Ghanaian dishes at the local restaurants (chop bar) and experience the Ghanaian hospitality to the fullest.
There is an opportunity for shopping at most tourist sites, art centre, craft shops, art galleries, open market, jewellery shops and craft villages.
In Ghana, urban life especially in the metropolitan and some municipal centres pulsates in the evenings with everything from cultural entertainment to theaters, cinemas, clubs (discos), pub and casinos.