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<![CDATA[General Travel Info`s Ghana]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 21:53:21 GMThttp://ghanahotels.biz/2/post/2015/05/general-travel-infos-ghana.htmlGhana is a travel destination, all year around. Accra and coastal areas welcome you with an middle temperatur of 27 Celsius. Northern Ghana might be up to 40 Celsius. Inside Ghana you`ll have an more moist clima. As mid-days the temperature is at is highest peak, it is an advise, to stay inside, as most Ghanaians do as well. 
Village-specific festivals and events occur throughout the year, in all regions of Ghana.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Your travel documents and visas: A valid passport and a visa are required. You`ll need to apply at a Ghana embassy, in your country, before traveling to Ghana. (Please see here the list of embassies). Your passport, need to be, at least 6 months valid, from the day of entrance into Ghana. Except: Nationals of member countries of the ECOWAS, who may produce travel certificates in lieu of passports. 

Health

Evidence of immunisation against yellow fever is required. Cholera immunisation recommended. Hepatitis  immunisation A and B highly recommended, We strongly recommended, to contact your health official at least 4-6 weeks prior to travel for vaccinations. 

Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers when entering Ghana. 
Malaria:  Malaria risk is predominantly in the malignant (Malaria Tropica) form, and exists throughout the year in the whole country. There are 2 more Malaria types, where is pre-protection is available. (Treatment as it comes), but they are the rare forms of Malaria. It is advisable to take a course of anti-malaria medication which will protect you during your trip. Speak to your doctor at least 4 weeks before travelling. 

VAT & SALES TAX: 

The VAT (Value-Added-Tax) has just been introduced in Ghana. It is 12.5% and not refundable. Note: Always ask to see a vendor's VAT certificate; he/she must have it and willingly show it. Unscrupulous dealers will casually add a higher percentage and pocket the profit.

CURRENCY in GHANA: 

The Ghana Cedi (GHS) which comes in denominations of GHS1, GH2, GHS5, GHS10, GHS20 AND GHS50. Coins, called pesewas, come in 1p, 5p, 10p 20p and 50p coins - GHS1 and GHC also as note form. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency you may bring into Ghana. This must, however, be stated on the currency declaration form. Leaving Ghana, you may not carry more than USD10,000

FOREIGN EXCHANGE BUREAU: 

Foreign currency can be freely exchanged at any forex in the country. There are several foreign exchange bureaus (Forex) in all the major towns and cities, but many outside Accra may not accept travelers cheques except the banks. Forex bureaus tend to give better rates for large-denomination bills than banks normally do. The best exchange rates are for US Dollars, Euros and British Pounds. 

Most travellers cheques exchanged, but the rate is lower than cash. Private foreign-exchange (Forex) offices have better rates and hours. 

CREDIT CARDS: 

Some hotels and restaurants take major international credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Barclays Bank in Accra will advance Ghanaian money on Visa and MasterCard, minus a commission and a fee for the approval telex. If you have a US card, you will probably have to pay for two exchange rates, US$ to Pound Sterling to Cedis. Not all forex bureaus accept travelers cheques.

BANKING HOURS: 

Banks open from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays and until 12pm on Saturdays although this may vary from bank to bank. However, most banks now operate Automatic Teller Machines (ATM). For cash advances, Barclays Bank, and many other banks accepts VISA and MasterCard, and you may have even a good ex-change rate via automat.
Please make sure, the automat is save. Never cash money in the evening, exept you have some friends with you. But never at night.

AIRPORT & TRANSPORT: Kotoka Airport (7km from the centre), shared minibuses (tro-tro), taxi. Make sure you take an airport-registered taxi from the taxi rank. They have ID cards and price lists and are much safer than 'roaming' taxis which illegally patrol the airport looking for hires. Such taxis have been involved in cases of theft and assault. TroTro are available from the main road outside the airport.

TELEPHONE: 

It is easy to obtain a mobile phone chip from any of the many mobile phone kiosks around the city, if you wish to use a local network and make international and domestic calls. Just look out for coloured umbrellas emblazoned with the names of the various mobile phone providers: MTN, Airtel, Expresso, Glo, Tigo and Vodafone. Public telephone booths are not common. You will be able to make international calls with your Ghanaian phone card, at a low rate.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: 

Medical facilities in Ghana are not as in Europe or other western countries, particularly outside the large cities. Within the 10 major cities of Ghana, you will find a choice of relative good hospitals. Please note, that doctors and hospitals often request immediate cash payment for health services. There are no effective emergency services, so getting an ambulance might be difficult. It is an very recommended advise, to obtain travel insurance, health insurance, before traveling Ghana.

PHOTO PRINTING: 

There are several photo laboratories in the city of Accra well equipped to develop and give you high quality photo prints of your memories of Ghana. 

SAFETY & SECURITY: 

Armed robberies are on the increase and both the US and British Embassies changed their travel advice in March 2013 to warn visitors of such crimes. There have been isolated tribal clashes since the beginning of 2013 in the Northern and Volta regions of the country.

GOLD AND OTHER

The Government of Ghana maintains strict regulations on the import and export of gold, diamonds, and other precious natural resources. Only agents licensed by the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (0302 664579) may handle import/export transactions of these natural resources. Any transaction lacking the Commission's endorsement may be illegal and/or fraudulent. Attempts to evade regulations are punishable by prison terms.

In rare instances, visitors arriving in Ghana with sophisticated electronic equipment (video cameras and laptop computers) may have to deposit 17.5 per cent of the item's value with the Customs and Excise office at the airport. To get the deposit refunded, visitors must apply to the Customs and Excise Office in central Accra 48 hours before departure.

It is illegal to wear military or camouflage clothing.

PHOTOGRAPHY RESTRICTIONS: 

The best advise; ask before taking pictures. Especially when photography of children. Photography of sensitive installations, including military sites, government buildings, and Accra's International Airport, is prohibited. Permission should also be obtained before taking photographs of anyone in uniform (police officers and military officers, for example). In some instances, film and cameras have been confiscated.

PORNOGRAPHY:

It is illegal, to promote any kind of pornography in Ghana. Ghana also has anti GAY laws. Not respecting the law, which is full conform with traditional laws and the Ghanaian culture, will be punished by an cort of law.

DRUGS:

It is illegal to possess or use any drugs.
Recommended Links:  

Ghana Dating and Gold Scam  /  Ghana-Net.com (More country information`s)
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