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Visa and entry requirements
A passport and visa are required for entry to Ghana. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months before date of expiry. 

Visas may be obtained in advance in the respective Ghanaian Embassies abroad.

Exemption: Persons from Kenya, Zimbabwe and West African Countries do not require visas to enter Ghana.  However, any stay of more than 30 days would require a visa.

Further information: http://2018.iasa-web.org/visas
 

Communications
There are five mobile telecommunications here: Vodafone, MTN, Airtel, Tigo and Glo.   Vodafone and MTN have the widest coverage. Ghana code is +233 and international is +. Sim Cards are obtainable at shopping centers which cost either Ȼ 3 cedis or Ȼ 5 cedis depending on the package which calls for registration.  
 

Weather
The average temperature in Accra in October is hot at 25.5 °C (77.9 °F).  Afternoons can be very hot with average high temperatures reaching 29 °C (84.2 °F).  Overnight temperatures are generally really warm with an average low of 22 °C (71.6 °F).  The mean diurnal temperature variation/ range in October is 7 °C (12.6 °F).  Note that the weather in October is a little parched with intermittent rain with mere 40mm (1.6in) of water falls during an average of 8 days.  We therefore advise you to carry umbrellas, light clothing.  

 

Voltage/Power Plugs
Any electrical equipment that has 220-240VAC 50Hz input capability will work in Ghana. If you travel to Ghana with a device that does not accept 220-240 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. It is recommended that you carry a three pin square adapter.  Adapters can also be purchased in several malls in Accra.  Below are photo samples of plug-ends in Ghana.
 

Health
Ghana is in the tropics, so there is risk of catching malaria pretty much everywhere you travel in Ghana especially in the nights. Therefore make sure your doctor or travel clinic know you are travelling Ghana (don’t just say Africa) so that the right anti-malarial medication can be prescribed for you.  Additionally, make sure you carry effective mosquito repellents with you.  Ghana requires all visitors to have a valid certificate of immunisation against Yellow Fever (This is the most essential, otherwise you will be refused entry).

Other recommended immunisations for travel to Ghana include:

  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Diphtheria

Please follow this link for further information: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/required-immunizations-travel-ghana-west-...
 

Recommended health items to carry:

  • Insect repellent (To prevent mosquito and other insects bites, especially when going out in the evenings)
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatories (to deal with general aches and pains, e.g. Aspirin and Tylenol and general stomach discomfort)
  • Anti-histamines (to prevent allergy reaction e.g Rhizin)
  • Sun block and Aloe gel (to prevent skin burns and soothe the skin),
  • Basic medications (household staples and what ailments you are particularly prone to)
     

Money matters
The cedi is the unit of currency in Ghana.  The cedi is broken down into 100 pesewas.  Go online and check out ‘Currency Converter’ to find out how many cedis your dollar, yen or pound can get.  The best currencies to bring to Ghana are: US Dollar, Euro or British Pound. These will get you the best exchange rate at banks and forex bureaus.  ATM machines are prevalent on the University of Ghana campus and in Malls and other places outside campus.  The ATM machines in Accra accept Visa and Master cards.  The prevailing exchange rates for the major foreign currencies as at December 2017 are:

  • 1 US dollar ($)         = 4.60 Ghana Cedis (GHȻ)
  • 1 pound sterling (£)        = 5.50 Ghana Cedis (GHȻ)
  • 1 Euro (€)                    = 6.00 Ghana Cedis (GHȻ)

 

Safety  
In general people are extremely friendly in Ghana and you will be humbled by their hospitality.  It is also one of Africa's more stable countries politically and Accra is one of West Africa’s safest big cities; you should be able to travel safely to all areas.  However, you need to learn to be safe.  Danger does not spell itself with guns and violence here.  There are con artists and pick-pockets around crowded areas like bus stops, markets, and beaches. Most of them appear to be very nice people, but you should not be gullible.  Note that you will also attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars.  
 

Precautionary measures

  1. Do not leave your luggage unattended.
  2. Have your passport and other travel documents and extra money safely stored away in a money belt or pocket inside your clothes.
  3. If possible convert enough currency to Ghana cedis for immediate needs in advance so that you do not worry about that on arrival. There are several forex bureaus at the airport.
  4. Petty crime is common in Accra and foreigners can be key targets. Stay alert and watch out for pick pockets and fraudsters especially around stations, on public transport and around tourist sites.
  5. Avoid carrying around a lot of cash or other valuables and hang on to your belongings when walking around.
  6. We suggest you make photocopies of your passport and other documents to enable easy replacement in case they get lost or stolen. Do not carry originals unless you really need them. Please note that the Hotels on and around the University of Ghana campus have safes for your travel documents.

The University of Ghana campus is comparatively trouble free as long as you use a bit of common sense, and there are campus security guards all around the campus 24 hours for your safety.
 

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