About Ghana

Few facts about Ghana

Location

Ghana’s coordinates of Longitude 0 and latitude 4 N   literally places it at the centre of the world. Indeed, although the real centre (0,0) falls in the sea, Ghana is the nearest habitable land thus earning it the right to be called the centre of the earth.

Local Time

Ghana uses the Greenwhich Meantime and its time is generally the same as in London or 4-5 hours ahead of the USA.

Currency

The cedi is the country’s currency and comes in both notes and coins.  The notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20,and 50 denominations. The coin denominations are 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and 1 Cedi.

Religion

Ghana is a mix of many religious beliefs with Christianity and Islam accounting for 90% of the population.

Language

English is the official language spoken but other languages frequently used include Akan, Ewe, Hausa, Ga and Dagbani

Passport and Visa

All travelers into the country require a valid passport.  For visas, ECOWAS nationals are exempt. You can consult the Ghana mission or consular office near you.

Health

The Yellow fever vaccination is required. The only exemptions are infants under one year. Talking of fever, you can also pack some mosquito repellents and some anti-malarial drugs as a preemptive precaution.

Weather and clothing

Ghana is essentially a tropical country meaning it records high temperatures almost all year round. This means long, loose, clothing with light sneakers or sandals are the most appropriate. Remember that most communities in the country consider revealing clothes are inappropriate.

Cash and payments

Ghana has a rich range of international financial institutions so all major credit cards are acceptable. Otherwise many transactions are undertaken by cash or more recently, mobile money. There are equally many forex bureaux which can offer you competitive exchange rates for your currency, be it the Dollar, Pound or Euro.

Security

Crime is generally low in Ghana but as is everywhere in the world, carelessness might have dire consequences.

Mileage Chart – Intercity road distance in kilometers

 

Accra

Kumasi

Koforidua

Takoradi

Sunyani

Tamale

Cape Coast

Wa

Ho

Bolga

Accra

0

270

85

218

400

658

144

740

165

810

Kumasi

270

0

194

242

130

388

221

470

356

558

Koforidua

85

194

0

303

324

582

229

664

162

752

Takoradi

218

242

383

0

372

683

74

765

362

853

Sunyani

400

130

324

372

0

300

351

378

486

470

Tamale

658

388

582

683

300

0

609

314

476

170

Cape Coast

144

221

229

74

351

609

0

691

309

779

Wa

740

470

664

765

378

314

691

0

790

368

Ho

165

356

162

362

486

476

309

790

0

914

Bolga

810

558

752

853

470

170

779

368

914

0