Tourism Information

Ministry of Tourism - Ghana

Official website of Ghana's Ministry of Tourism

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Official Language

English

Time

GMT

Location of Ghana

On the west coast of Africa, about 750km north of the equator between the latitudes of 4 and 11.5° north and longitude 3.11° west and 1.11° east. It is bounded on the north by Burkina Faso, on the west by La Cote D'Ivoire, on the east to Togo and on the south by the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean).

Tema, the industrial city, which is adjunct to Accra, the capital city of Ghana, is on the Greenwich Meridian (Zero line of longitude), making Ghana the closest landmark to the centre of the world.

More information at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Visas, health and other Entry Requirements

These are discussed here.

Media

Ghana has a very vibrant media. There are over thirty (30) FM stations in Accra alone. There are 6 terrestrial TV stations and several newspapers, the more authoritative being Daily Graphic, Ghana Times (Govt owned); Chronicle and Daily Guide (private).

Weather

Ghana has a tropical equatorial climate (hot with seasonal rains). The rainy seasons are from April to June, and during September and October; the dry months, November to March or July and August, are easier for travelling. Throughout the year, maximum temperatures are around 30°C. The humidity is constantly high. November is normally dry but tropical rainstorms may sometimes occur. They are usually heavy but don't last too long.

Average sunlight hours in Ghana range between 4.6 hours per day in July and 8.0 hours per day in November.

Clothing

Light smart casual is preferred. For the welcome reception and gala dinner, formal wear is advised but the rest of the sessions could be attended with light smart casual wear. Officially, Fridays are “wear made-in-Ghana” days where people go to work in traditional African clothing. More details on clothing will be provided on the website and in the final conference programme.

Currency

The currency in use in Ghana is the Ghana cedi, GH¢ and Ghana Pesewas, GHp. The exchange rate is 1 USDollar = Gh¢ 1.45 (January 2010).

For local currency conversion please visit The GhanaWeb portal - a privately run and owned site that provides information about Ghana to Ghanaians both in the country and abroad.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and big establishments. However, for day to day activities, it is advisable to have cash. Cash can be changed at forex bureau all over town. There is one at the arrival lounge at the airport. Money can also be withdrawn at the numerous ATM machines in Accra. Those with VISA and MASTERCARD can withdraw up to US$400 daily from most cash/ATM machines.

Travellers Cheques

Travellers cheques are not popular in Ghana and procedures for changing them are very cumbersome and time-consuming. In some cases, it may take days to change travellers cheques. It is therefore best to avoid these and to bring credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS) or cash.

Food

All culinary tastes can be satisfied in Accra. Vegetarian food is a bit difficult to find except in the very few Indian Restaurants and selected hotels. Chinese, French, Italian and local Ghanaian cuisine abound.

Cell Phones

Those with GSM phones can buy SIM cards for use whilst in Ghana. Most of the cell phone companies have SIM cards for sale at the cost of GH¢1. International calls from Ghana using the cell phone are quite cheap at about 20 US cents per minute at peak times. Available networks are MTN, Vodafone, Tigo, Kasapa and Zain.

Electrical

The voltage is 220V (UK style) with square pins. Those with European/US appliances will need adaptors

Safety

Accra is one of the friendliest and safest cities in Africa. Night life in Accra starts slowly but peaks around 11:00pm. You will have to exercise caution as it is anywhere in the world when in Accra.

Accra is actually one of West Africa's safest big cities but you do need to be aware of pickpockets and petty thieves especially around crowded areas like bus stops and markets. It's also not a good idea to walk on the beach alone at night.

Always be willing to ask for assistance any time you face difficulties. The police are responsive and are usually around town at random barriers late in the evenings.