TRAVELING TO GHANA

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Mu Sigma Chapter is traveling to Ghana July 28 - August 11, 2024

Ghana, is a country on the West Coast of Africa, is one of the most thriving democracies on the continent. It has often been referred to as an “island of peace” in one of the most chaotic regions on earth. It shares boundaries with Togo to the east, Cote d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea, to the south. A recent discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea could make Ghana an important oil producer and exporter in the next few years.

In 1957, Ghana (formerly known as the Gold Coast) became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence. After leading the country for nine years, the nation’s founding president, Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in a coup in 1966. After Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana was ruled by a series of military despots with intermittent experiments with democratic rule, most of which were curtailed by military takeovers. The latest and most enduring democratic experiment started in 1992 and it is what has gained recognition for Ghana as a leading democracy in Africa.

Ghana has several tourist attractions such as the castles. Most of the major international airlines fly into and from the international airport in Accra. Domestic air travel is thriving and the country has a vibrant telecommunications sector, with six cellular phone operators and several internet service providers.

SOURCE:ghanaembassy.at

Plan Your Trip

The best way to travel to Ghana outside of West Africa is by air. The is no national carrier but there are several airlines with regular scheduled flights to Accra. British AirwaysEmiratesDelta Airlines, Ethiopian AirlinesKLM Royal Dutch Airlines, TAP Air Portugal , Turkish Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Egypt Air, and United Airlines. Ticket prices to Accra are affected by season.

Accra Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

To book your trip, go to the airlines website or work with your preferred Travel Agent.

 

All non-Ghanaian travelers to Ghana require visas issued by the Ghana Embassy. Go to a Ghanaian embassy or website to secure your visa. Visit the US State Department- Ghana for travel advisory and more information. List of Travel Agents Keep in mind, you can apply for a visa 3 months before your trip.

While you're there

Climate/Clothes Ghana, like most African countries, has a tropical climate and can get quite warm. This can be a little uncomfortable for the first time visitor, so we recommend that you bring along light cotton clothes, sunglasses, sun screens and hats.

Currency The currency used in Ghana is known as the Ghana Cedi. The exchange rates of the cedi to international currencies in a bank or forex bureau vary from place to place. We recommend that you bring along cash in $100 US notes. Travelers cheques and credit cards are accepted at some places. You should however note that travelers cheques are exchanged for lower cedi rates and so are small denominations (1-20) of US dollars bills. Note that not all forex bureaus accept travelers cheques. Regarding credit cards, VISA is widely accepted. You can also withdraw cash (cedis) from some selected ATM machines using your VISA card. If you will be using a Visa card, let your card company know ahead of time that you will be using the card in Ghana during your travel dates to keep your card for being blocked for fraudulent use.

Electrical Appliances Ghana operates on 220 volts, so you should keep that in mind if you are bringing along any electrical appliances. Search Amazon.com for convertible chargers you can buy and use while in Ghana.

Communications Check with your mobile company regarding its international travel rates before your trip.

How to tip in Ghana

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