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Ghana is considered a good and welcoming place, especially for first-time travellers to Africa. Tourism is a growing industry in Ghana.
Ghana presents a lot of opportunities to experience Africa through national parks, nature reserves and villages.
English is the official language of Ghana. But, not always the primary language people speak. Local languages also include Ga, Twi and Ewe.
The largest city, Accra is also the capital city of Ghana. Accra is a growing city with modern amenities of hotels, restaurants and a vast number of museums.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Ghana. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Ghana: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Documentation of yellow fever vaccination is required in Ghana. Make sure you are vaccinated before you go or you may be denied entry to the country.
Meningitis spreads in the region during the summer months. A meningitis vaccination is the best form of protection against this potentially deadly disease.
Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are all present in Ghana. Be sure to bring antimalarials, mosquito repellents and netting to stay protected while in-country.
Outside of Accra, access to medical facilities is limited. Make sure to bring any prescriptions you will need.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
There is a risk of contracting cholera in certain regions of Ghana. There have been hundreds of reported deaths of citizens of Ghana due to cholera. This is mostly due to lack of access to safe drinking water and treatment.
Passport Health’s travel clinics carry VaxChora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today by calling or book online now.
A passport and visa are required for travelers going to Ghana. It is best to start this process well in advance of your trip to ensure all documents are fully processed before you leave.
Documentation of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Ghana.
Travellers over the age of six-years-old that have been traveling in Ghana for over 90 days are required to register with the National Identification Authority (NIA). Travellers will receive a Non-citizen Ghana card that will be required for transactions that require identification.
For more information, see our Ghana visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The majority of Ghana is a tropical savanna climate, with a small part of the southwest being a monsoon climate.
North Ghana experiences its rainy season from March-November. South Ghana’s rainy season is from April to mid-November.
Average temperatures range from 70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ghana is facing an increased threat from terrorist groups. Kidnapping that target Westerners have occurred in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali.
Petty crime and scams are the most common crime that travellers face. Armed robbery and money solicitations at airports are on the rise.
Always remember to travel in groups and avoid traveling at night.
Homosexuality is illegal in Ghana and imprisonment can be from 3-10 years.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
The coastal forts of Ghana are a page out of history that helped create progress in Ghana’s modern world.
One of the largest forts in Ghana is the Cape Coast Castle that overlooks the sea. It was one of the world’s largest slave-holding sites and it still reflects the horror of that time.
The castle holds dungeons where slaves were held up to twelve weeks. In contrast, the castle also has a lavish governor’s bedroom to illustrate the inequality of the age.
Other forts to check out in Ghana include Fort Metal Cross, Fort Batenstein and Osu Castle.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Ghana:
If you find yourself in need of help while traveling in Ghana, there is a U.S. embassy in the capital city of Accra.
U.S. Embassy Accra
No. 24 Fourth Circular Road,
Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +233-(0)30-274-1000
Visit the Embassy to Ghana website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
If you have any questions about travelling to Ghana or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now! and protect yourself today.
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