Ghana Travel FAQs

Visas need to be obtained before arriving, these allow for a stay of up to 60 days and can be a single or multiple entry. A Yellow Fever certificate may be required for the application. Visas must be used within three months of the date of issue. There is a Ghana consulate in Australia, and visas can be purchased through Visalink. For Australians it will take 10 business days and cost AUD 140.00. 4 copies and 4 passport photos needed. If you are entering Ghana on an overland trip please contact your local embassy to do this as it's no longer possible to obtain these visas en route.
Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Ghana, however tipping restaurant and bar staff to show your appreciation for good service is considered polite.
Tap water isn't considered safe for tourists to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader and accommodation provider for local advice on where drinking water can be accessed. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes in Ghana's large cities and towns frequented by tourists. Expect little to no internet access in remote and rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally available in Ghana's large cities and tourist towns. Rural and remote areas may have less network coverage. Remember to activate global roaming with your service provider before leaving home.
Credit cards are used in Ghana, but not all establishments will accept credit. Large hotels, restaurants and tourist service providers usually accept credit cards, but expect smaller operators and shops to accept cash only. Credit card fraud is quite common in Ghana, so take necessary precautions when paying with plastic.
ATMs are relatively easy to find in Ghana's cities and areas frequented by tourists. If travelling through rural and remote areas, be aware that there will be limited access to ATMs. Visa cards are generally the best choice, since other international cards may not be accepted by ATMs in Ghana.
Absolutely and definitely! All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
• 1 Jan New Year's Day • 2 Jan New Year Holiday • 6 Mar Independence Day • 14 Apr Good Friday • 17 Apr Easter Monday • 1 May May Day • 25 May Africa Unity Day • 25 Jun Eid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan • 1 Jul Republic Day • 2 Jul Republic Day Holiday • 1 Sep Eid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice • 21 Sep Founders' Day • 1 Dec Farmers' Day • 25 Dec Christmas Day • 26 Dec Boxing Day Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Ghana go to:
Top travel tips for Ghana

  • Be considerate of Ghana’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  • Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  • For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  • Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  • When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  • Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  • Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  • Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  • Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  • When on community visits or home-stays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.