Ghana

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Ghana is a very friendly country, ideal for first time travelers to Africa. The people are generally very helpful and welcoming. English is the national language. While their laid back attitude and lack of organization can be a little annoying to begin with, before you have been there for very long you realize that it is one of the delights of this country. This is a stable country with great potential for growth. We are working together in Bible translation with MAST.  It can be a wonderful country in which to serve.

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Visa:

  • It is easier to obtain a tourist VISA. There are not as many documents required.
  • Travel Docs if you choose to use them, can help you with the process http://www.traveldocs.com/. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with this Embassy of Ghana.
  • Passport with at least six months remaining before expiration. One blank Visa page.
  • Attach two passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
  • Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
  • A copy of the applicant's recent bank statement verifying applicant has adequate finance. It is advisable to erase account numbers.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo


Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead.


Medical:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Ghana for the most up to date travel info.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.


Clothes:

  • For Men:

    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.

  • For Women: 

    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).

  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?

    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."

  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • A flashlight, a small portable battery operated fan.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies Tylenol, Advil etc., your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.


Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Ghana so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.