Ghana is the heart of West Africa, with a rich heritage of culture, beautiful landscapes, warm hospitality, and a vibrant music and dance scene.
We recently organized a trip to Ghana, for our giveaway winner Porsha (linked to blog on trip), in collaboration with Certified Africa; and we have put together a comprehensive checklist for your trip to Ghana!
Apply for a Tourist Visa
First, ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the entry date and has enough open pages for visas and stamps. You may need to apply for a visa in advance or receive one on arrival, depending on your place of origin. Check the Ghanaian embassy website in your country for the latest information.
When entering Ghana, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required and all travelers are required to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers who are only partially vaccinated or unvaccinated must produce a negative PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure. In addition, the travelers may be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival in Ghana.
Pack for the Climate
Ghana is usually hot and humid; ensure to carry along light, breathable clothing like the Tikshya Shorts, and suitable walking shoes. Get a sunhat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. You should also bring mosquito repellent and a first aid kit.
Ghana's official currency is the Ghanaian cedi (GHS). Although some establishments accept credit cards, cash is still the preferred payment method in most places, particularly outside of major cities. Bring enough cash for your daily expenses, such as meals, transportation, and souvenirs, and exchange your currency at a bank or an authorized foreign exchange bureau. Inform your bank of your travel plans.
Plan Your Itinerary and Activities
Ghana has many attractions and activities, including historical sites such as the Cape Coast Castle, beaches, and wildlife. Plan your itinerary based on your interests, budget, and available time. To enhance your experience and learn more about the local culture and history, you can also join organized tours like Certified Africa or hire a local guide.
Reserve an Accommodation:
Ghana offers diverse accommodation alternatives, from luxury hotels to guesthouses and homestays. Book your accommodations in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during the peak travel season. We stayed at the African Regent Hotel during our last visit so you can check them out.
Purchase Travel Insurance:
This is necessary to protect yourself in case of any unexpected incidents. Check that your coverage covers medical emergencies, vacation cancellations, and personal item theft or loss.
Wifi and Local SIM cards
Wifi is widely available at hotels and resorts in Ghana; and phone sim cards are affordable. Even if your trip is only a week, we recommend buying a local SIM card like Vodafone or MTN. Alternatively, you can contact your phone network service to recommend options for you to remain connected.
Network with Locals before Your Trip
Connecting with locals before your trip might help you understand what to anticipate and develop beneficial relationships when you arrive. Join local groups on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or talk with Ghanaians about their experiences. This can also help you discover local events, festivals, and activities you have yet to learn about.
Ghana is an excellent destination for adventure, culture, and nature. Our Ghana travel checklist will help you have a great time and lasting memories. The best travel tip is to always stay open-minded to trying new things and experiencinig new cultures. Check out our blog post on Besida Goes to Ghana. insert linl