USEFUL TIPS

CLIMATE

Tropical temperatures range from 21-32⁰C. There are two rainy seasons from March to July and September to October. November to March is the dry and hot season with the dry harmattan winds blowing from the Sahara Desert.

There really is no ‘best’ time to visit Ghana, as the temperature is always Africa-hot and if rainfall doesn’t soak you, then the humid air will. Whatever the season, the weather gets more arid the farther inland you go. Village-specific festivals and events occur throughout the year.

 

ACCOMMODATION

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.

 

CAR RENTALS

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.

 

HEALTH

Yellow fever vaccination is required by all traveling to Ghana except children under 1 year. Precaution against Malaria, cholera and typhoid is highly recommended.

Although the HIV/AIDS rate is lower than other sub-Saharan Africa countries, visitors must maintain and take extreme caution.

HEALTH FACILITIES:

Health facilities in Ghana have been improved significantly making health care delivery in Ghana one of the best in Africa. Modern private and public hospitals and clinics are available in all major towns and cities. Doctors and hospitals are always ready and willing to serve and threat you of all ailments and may often request cash payment for health serves rendered. Health Insurance is advised.

 

SHOPPING

There is an opportunity for shopping at most tourist sites, art center, craft shops, art galleries, open market, jewelery shops, malls, and craft villages.

 

VISA ACQUISITION

A traveling passport and a visa are required to enter Ghana. All visitors to Ghana must possess valid passports issued by their home governments, except nationals of member states of the ECOWAS who may produce travel certificates in lieu of passports. All non-ECOWAS citizens require visas at a fee before entry.

Ghana Missions and Embassies abroad are authorized to issue visas or entry permits to all persons who want to enter Ghana. In a country where no Ghanaian mission has been established, the visitors may apply directly or through his/her Ghanaian partner at least two weeks prior the visit from Ghana Investment Promotion Center.

 

CURRENCY (medium of exchange)

Ghana’s currency is the cedi which comes in denominations of GH¢50, GH¢20, GH¢10, GH¢5 and GH¢1. Coins come in denominations of 1 GH¢ and also 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p & 1 pesewas.

Foreign currency can be freely exchanged at any Forex Bureaux in the country.

Apart from Forex Bureaux, some commercial banks also exchange foreign currency.

Banks normally open from 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Some banks also operate on Saturdays from 09:00 – 14:00 GMT .

Most commercial banks have automatic teller machines (ATM) located outside and available during and after working hours. Most take VISA cards and a few other cards. The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard. These cards are accepted in major hotels, restaurants, banks and businesses . Your card may be used for payment at most all airlines, leading hotels and major supermarkets. However be cautious when using your credit to avoid fraud.

 

TRAVELERS CHEQUE

All banks and Forex Bureaux accept Traveller’s Cheques although the rate of exchange may be slightly lower than for cash transaction.

 

RESTRICTED AREAS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

The Christianborg Castle, Osu Flagstaff House(i.e seat of Government), High Commissions / Embassies and Military installations, Banks (Central Bank) and Restricted Areas with notices.