Time zone: GMT
Telephone services: Country Code: 233
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency telephone numbers: 221 665 (Embassy)
Tourist information: Ghana High Commission (tourist information), 104 Highgate Hill, London N65 HE Tel: (020) 8342 8686 or 342 7588 Fax: (020) 8342 8566 or 342 8570.
Passport information: Valid Passport required. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Consult embassy before departure.
Visa information: Required by all except nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zimbabwe.
Health information: Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Malaria: Precautions advised. Falciparum form exists and resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by all.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Rabies, a vaccination against cholera is strongly recommended, a vaccination certificate is required if arriving from an infected area.
Food & drink: Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency: Cedi (c) = 100 pesewas.
Exchange: Only authorised foreign exchange dealers must be used. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to c3000 and should be recorded in passport.
Credit cards and travellers cheques have very limited use.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of living: Relatively more expensive the surrounding areas.
Languages: English and local African languages are spoken.
Weather: The climate is hot and humid throughout the year. Apr – July = the raining season.
Electricity: 220 Volts Ac 50 Hz Plugs = 3 pin in larger buildings, older buildings have 2 use plugs
Post: 2 weeks or more to Europe.
Transport: RAIL: Limited CAR HIRE: Available but very expensive, DOCUMENTATION: British driving licence valid for 90 days. IDP is recommended. BUSES: Extensive bus services operate in Accra
Special information: Take local advice about security matters. Exercise care with possessions at the main airport. Ghanaians should always be addressed formally. PHOTOGRAPHY: Be discreet with cameras especially around the Castle in Accra or at the Akosombo Dam. Do not take photos of anything connected with the military.