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Ghana Travel Information
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Getting to Ghana ~ What you need to know to be here

Visas and other Entry Requirements
All visitors to Ghana are required to have a visa unless you are a citizen of a West African country which belongs to ECOWAS. You must have a return ticket to Ghana before applying for a visa. Basic tourist visas are valid for 3 months from date of issue so don't get it too early or it may expire before you arrive. A single entry tourist visa costs $50. Student visa applications must be submitted together with a letter of invitation from the principals in Ghana and or in the student's home country.

Ghana also requires all visitors to have a valid certificate of immunization against yellow fever.

Check with Embassy of Ghana for the most updated information and location of Consular offices.

Health and Immunizations
Ghana is a tropical country and now has modern hospitals, so, you'll need to pack a good basic medical kit for yourself when you go. Ghana requires all visitors to have a valid certificate of immunization against yellow fever. Other recommended immunizations for travel to Ghana include: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria

Malaria
There's a risk of catching malaria pretty much everywhere you travel in Ghana. Ghana is home to the chloroquine-resistant strain of malaria as well as several others. Make sure your doctor or travel clinic knows you are traveling to Ghana (don't just say Africa) so s/he can prescribe the right anti-malarial medication. For more details on Malaria in Ghana, click on this map from the WHO.

Safety
In general people are extremely friendly in Ghana and you will be humbled by their hospitality. It's also one of Africa's more stable countries politically and you should be able to travel safely to all areas. But, some citizens live below the $1 a day and you will still attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars. If you follow some basic safety rules, you shouldn't have any problems. Accra is actually one of West Africa's safest big cities but you do need to be aware of pickpockets and petty thieves especially around crowded areas like bus stops and markets. It's also not a good idea to walk on the beach alone at night. Ghana is generally considered to be the best West African country to visit if you're a woman traveling alone.

Money Matters
The cedi is the unit of currency in Ghana. The cedi used to be broken down into 100 pesewas but inflation has made the pesewas obsolete. Check out this currency converter to find out how many cedis your dollar, yen or pound can get.

The best currencies to bring to Ghana are: US Dollars, Euros or British pounds. These will get you the best exchange rate at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. ATM machines are available in major cities. If you're planning on bringing traveler cheques, exchange them in the main cities, smaller towns may not exchange them. Don't change too much money at one time unless you're prepared to accommodate large wads of cedis. While larger cedi notes have recently come into circulation, you'll still find it difficult to fit a lot of it in your wallet or money belt.

~~ Banking hours are 8.30am - 3.00pm, Monday - Friday.

Climate and When to Go
Ghana is basically hot and humid all year round. The best time to travel is probably December to April since you'll miss the rainy season. But this is also the hottest time of year and quite uncomfortable in the north of the country since it there's the added bonus of Saharan sand blowing in the air. July and August are good months to travel if you're planning to stay in the south, since there's a lull in the rains during this time. For more about Ghana's climate check the BBC's weather section.

If you wish to see festivals, August and September are good months to visit Ghana since many communities celebrate their first harvests during these months.

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