Last updated: 31 Oct 2018

Ghana

About

The Makola Market is a large and busy open-air market attended by traders from surrounding villages. The Osu Night Market is illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and candles. The Makola Market is a large and busy open-air market attended by traders from surrounding villages. The Osu Night Market is illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and candles. Go on safari. Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, Bia National Park, Bui National Park, Mole Game Reserve and Kakum Nature Reserve are also all good options for hiking and exploring the savannah and rainforest. The Shai Hills Game Reserve can be explored on horseback. Explore Mole National Park, the largest and one of the best-equipped nature reserves.
Capital:  Accra (ACC)
Currency:  Ghana Cedi (GHS)
Language:  English. Several local languages are also spoken including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe and Ga.
Dialling code from SA:  + 233
Time Zones: No GMT offset (2 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018: 

Jan 1; Mar 6, 30; Apr 2; May 1; 25; Jun 15; Jul 1, 2; Aug 22; Sep 21; Dec 7, 25, 26

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to go: October to March
Best For: Spectacular coastline, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; usually British-style plugs with three square pins
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink, however bottled water is available and recommended. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.  Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. It is advisable to carry any prescription medication you require with you along with a note from your doctor.
Customs: Dress should be conservative (particularly in the North) and respect to local customs should be shown. Ghanaians do most things with their right hand; eating, touching food, taking and receiving things, waving, shaking hands etc. The left hand is used for 'dirty things' and it is regarded as rude to use the left hand for the aforementioned things. Visitors to remote villages, shrines or palaces should visit the local elder or priest and take a small gift.
Local Offences / Laws: Permission should be sought before photographing military installations, government buildings or airports. Homosexuality is illegal. Civilians may not wear camouflage clothing.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Many official tourist sites charge addition fees for photography and/or use of a video camera. Check the local political situation before finalising travel plans and avoid protests.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Ghana without incurring customs duty:
• 500g of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco.
• 375ml of spirits.
• 750ml of wine.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited imports include infected animals and carcasses, beads of inflammable celluloid, raw coffee imported overland, coins not up to standard, contaminated food, knuckle dusters, literature considered scandalising, defamatory or demoralising, counterfeit money, obscene articles and dangerous weapons. Restricted imports include diamonds, films, gambling devices, plants and plant products, arms and ammunition, milk deficient in fat, animal traps and nets, and certain spirits (eg brandy, whisky and rum must have been stored in wood for at least three years).

Issuing Authorities

High Commission of the Republic of Ghana
1038 Arcadia St, Hatfield 0083
Tel: (012) 342-5847/8/9/2590
Fax: (012) 342-5863
Web: www.ghanahighcommission.co.za
Consular Hours : Mon-Thur 0900-1200
Collections of visas: Mon-Thur 1330 - 1400
Submission of applications & collections of visas may only be carried out during the specified working consular hours.
The High Commission is CLOSED on fridays.

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SA Representative

South African High Commission
Speed House
No 1, 3rd Soula Street, Accra
Tel: +233 302 740 450/1
E-mail: sahcgh@africaonline.com.gh

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever 
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk