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Health

Vaccinations

Preparations for a healthy trip to Ghana require checks on your immunization status. Visit your doctor or travel clinic to discuss your requirements, if possible at least 8 weeks before you plan to travel. Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is needed for entry into Ghana. It is wise to be up-to-date on tetanus, polio and diphtheria and hepatitis A. A Hepatitis B vaccination should be considered for trips longer than two months or if you will be working with children or in situations where contact with blood is likely. Immunization against cholera may also be recommended for your trip to Ghana. Experts differ over whether a vaccination against tuberculosis is useful; discuss this with your doctor or travel clinic.

 

Malaria

Protection against malaria when travelling to Ghana is strongly recommended. It depends on your country and your personal situation which medication will be prescribed. Seek expert advice before departure to get a personal advice. Make sure you take prophylactic tablets and apply mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves in the evening and early mornings. Bring a mosquito net. Possible prophylactics are Malarone and Lariam. In the UK, the antibiotic doxycycline can also be prescribed.

 

Insurance

We strongly advise you to get a comprehensive medical travel insurance and evacuation policy.

 

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How To Prepare

Tourist Information

The website of Ghana Tourism (touringghana.com) offers some useful information about travelling in Ghana. Within Ghana, the amount of information about tourism is very limited. Ghana Nature Tours is happy to provide you with any information you need.


Passport

A valid passport is mandatory. Check in advance that your passport hasn’t expired and will not expire within a period of six months, since you may be refused entry on a passport that’s due to expire within six months of your departure date.


Visa

Everyone except nationals of Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States) countries requires a visa to enter Ghana.

Types of visa
Visas allow a stay of 60 days and can be single or multiple entry. They must be used within three months of the date of issue. A single-entry visa is valid for one stay of up to 60 days from the date of entry. A multiple-entry visa is valid for any number of visits of up to 60 days from the date of entry.

Costs
Single-entry visa: £30
Multiple-entry visa: £40

Visa extension
If you want to stay in Ghana for longer than 60 days, you will have to apply for a visa extension at the Immigration Office once you are in the country.

Where and how to get visa
Visas can be applied for in advance at your local Ghanaian embassy or high commission. To get your visa, you need to provide the following:
- Visa Application Form
- Personal History Form
- Four passport photographs
- Original vaccination certificate against yellow fever
- Four copies of certificate of ticket or itinerary of flight confirmation slip or air ticket
- Visa fee
- Original passport
Dutch travelers:
For residents in the Netherlands it’s possible to get a visa through
visum.nl/ghana.htm or visumdienst.nl.


Airlines

Accra’s only international airport is Kotoka international airport in Accra. Afriqiyah Airways, Air Afrique, Alitalia, British Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Ghana International Airways, Lufthansa Airlines, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines and South African Airways have scheduled regular flights to Accra. Afriqiyah Airways often offers cheap flights.

Ghana Nature Tours can also book your ticket for you.


Money exchange

The official currency is the cedi (GHC), which is divided into 100 pesewas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any forex bureau as well as at some commercial banks; banks and foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all major towns. Banking hours are usually from 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and most large commercial banks have ATMs locate outside, although only limited amounts of cedis can be drawn at a time. The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Diners and Visa, and cards can be used for payment at major hotels and shops. The best currencies to bring are US dollars, British pounds or Euros as other currencies exchange are at poor rates. Cedi notes are available in denominations of GHC 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Credit cards are accepted by major hotels, restaurants, banks and businesses. Traveler cheques are accepted at banks and forex bureaus in the capital Accra, but the rate of exchange may be lower than for cash transactions.