Ghana Visa

Visit Ghana

Ghana By Burmesedays, minor amendments by Joelf [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Burmesedays / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

A Ghana visa is necessary for Canadian citizens and permanent residents wishing to visit the country. There are two kinds available; a business visa and a tourist visa. The Ghana tourist visa covers leisure visits to the country for people visiting friends and relations or those who wish to holiday there. Tourist visas are limited to a fixed period of time and no business activity is allowed. The business visa covers both business and leisure visits enabling business people to participate in trade, business meetings and exhibitions in the country as well as taking a vacation. Business visas do not cover permanent employment. Your Ghana visa must be obtained prior to leaving Canada; you will not be able to board the plane without it.

 

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Climate of Ghana

Ghana is a tropical country with two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season runs from April to November, but runs a little longer - from March to November - in the north of the country.

Month January February March April May June July August September Octobert November December Yearly
Average
Average High 27.5 27.5 28 28 27 26 25 24 26 26 27 27 28
Average Low 23 23 24 24 23 23 22 21 22 22 23 23 21
Average Rainfall (MM) 16 37 73 82 145 193 49 16 40 80 38 18 787
Average rainy days 2 2 5 7 11 14 7 6 8 9 4 2 77
Mean monthly
sunshine hours
214 204 223 213 211 144 142 155 171 220 240 235 2,372

 

Culture of Ghana

British Gold Coast, 1925 by The National Archives UK [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons

1925 map of British Gold Coast by The National Archives UK / Wikimedia Commons / OGL 1.0

Here are some things you should know about Ghana:

  • Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence from colonial powers.
  • There are 27 million people in Ghana, putting it in the middle of countries by population density (it's a little more populated than Cuba and a little less than Hungary).
  • Ghana has one of the Top 10 economies in Africa by many measures.

 

Languages of Ghana

Over 80 languages are spoken in Ghana, including both indigenous languages and the languages of many immigrant groups. English is the official language of the country, and you should be able to get by with only speaking English. The government of Ghana has taken it upon themselves to preserve 9 of the indigenous languages. They are:

Language Dialects Approximate Number
of Speakers
Akan 3 official dialects and numerous others:
  • Asante Twi
  • Fante
  • Akuapem Twi

About 15 million speak Akan including 9 million Asante speakers

Ewe At least 16 dialects 3.6 million speakers between Ghana and Togo
Dagbani 2 major dialects (East and West) 830,000
Dangme None 800,000
Dagaare At least 3 major dialects 1.1 million speakers between Ghana and Burkina Faso
Ga None 600,000
Nzema None 330,000 between Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire
Kasem None 250,000 between Ghana and Burkina Faso
Gonja None 230,000

 

Religion in Ghana

Ghana is primarily a Christian country but has some major religious minorities.

Religion Approximate Number
of Believers
Pentecostal or Charismatic Christianity 7,641,000
Protestant Christianity 4,968,000
Catholic Christianity 3,537,000
Other Christianity 3,078,000
Islam 4,752,000
Traditional Ghanaian Beliefs 1,404,000
Atheist/Agnostic 1,404,000
Other Religion 216,000

 

Visa to Ghana

Like most people, Canadian citizens (and most permanent residents) need a visa to visit or do business in Ghana. Only 23 countries are exempt from this requirement.

Ghana has "entry" visas that are available for tourists or business travelers. Anyone seeking to invest in Ghana must register with the Ghanaian authorities. Like all countries, Ghana reserves the right to deny entry to anyone they think will be unlawfully immigrating.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a visa to Ghana, you need the following:

  • a travel document with at least six months validity
  • a certificate of vaccination for yellow fever
  • a return ticket out of Ghana
  • an invitation letter from an invitee with a copy of the invitee's photo ID
  • two "references," one of which can be a staff member at your hotel
  • hotel booking confirmation

 

Additional requirements for business travellers

Business travellers need a letter from the company they are visiting or doing business with as well as two references from businesses in Ghana.

 

Fees

  • Single entry visas currently cost CAD$95.00
  • Multiple entry visas currently cost CAD$200.00

Single entry visas must be used within 90 days of issuance and are valid for the length of time stamped in your passport upon entry, usually 60 days.

Multiple entry visas are valid, once used, for six months, but entries are usually limited to 60 days at a time.

Fees must be paid by money order or bank draft only.

 

Applying

Appliacations can be made at the Ghanaian High Commision or one of the Ghanaian consulates, in person or by mail.

In person applications must be made between the hours of 9AM and 3PM, Monday to Friday. Ghanaian diplomatic missions are closed on all Canadian and Ghanaian holidays.

Mail applications must be sent by registered mail and must include a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope to return the passport.

Processing time is 3 business days.

 

Ghanaian Embassy and Consulates in Canada

Ghana High Commission in Canada

153 Gilmour Street Ottawa,
Ontario K2P 0N8

Tel: (613) 236-0871
Fax: (613) 236-0874

Ghana Consulate Edmonton, Alberta

Suite 408 College Plaza 8215,
112th Street Edmonton,
Alberta T6G 2C8

Tel: (780) 492-2397
Fax: (780) 492-8704
Jurisdiction: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

Ghana Consulate Toronto, Ontario
 
4665 Yonge Street
Suite 205/206 North York,
Ontario, M2N 0B4

Tel: (416) 848-1015
Fax: (416) 848-1014
Jurisdiction: Metropolitan Toronto

Toronto Ghana Consulate Vancouver, BC
 
6741 Cariboo Road
Suite 108 Burnaby,
British Columbia V3N 4A3

Tel: (604) 715-6624
Fax: (604) 931-6164
E-mail: gpiprah@aol.com
Jurisdiction: Province of British Columbia

 

Vaccines for Ghana and other Health Information

Vaccination or Disease

 

Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

 

Routine Required if you are not up-to-date with routine shots, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
Hepatitis A Recommended for all unvaccinated travellers
Hepatitis B Recommended for all unvaccinated travellers who will have sex, get a tattoo or receive medical care while in Ghana
Malaria Highly recommended to take presccription anti-Malaria medicine, prior to arriving in Ghana, while you are there, and after you leave.
Meningitis Highly recommended if you are visiting Ghana between December and June
Typhoid Highly recommended for all unvaccinated travellers
Yellow Fever Required by Ghana for all travellers. You must submit proof of vaccination with your visa application. There is a substantial risk of Yellow Fever in Ghana. You will not be allowed to enter without valid proof of your vaccine.
Rabies Recommended if
  • you will be camping or doing other adventure travel outdoors;
  • you will be working with animals;
  • you are staying in Ghana a long time;
  • you are a child.

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Travel Alerts for Ghana

 

Calling Ghana

Calling Codes of Ghana By Manny9455 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

Like many countries, Ghana has area codes specific for cell phones. To call Ghana from Canada, dial:

  • 011-233-area code-[seven digits]

Area codes in Ghana are two digits. Landlines usually have the area code 3x. Cells have 2x or 5x.

 

Money of Ghana

Ghana uses the cedi.

 

 

Electrical Information for Ghana

Angolan outlets provide electricity in the range between 220 and 240 volts. Many North American appliances are built for only 110-120 volts, so make sure to check before using a socket. (Some appliances may be able to handle 240 volts.)

If your appliance cannot handle over 200 volts you will need both a voltage converter and an adapter.

Ghana uses two types of plugs, a British stye and an India style:

  • Type G British BS-1363
  • Type D" Indian BS-546 5

 

Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Ghana

High Commission of Canada in Accra

42 Independence Avenue
Accra
Ghana

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1639, Accra, Ghana

Telephone: 233 (302) 21 15 21 or 22 85 55
Fax: 233 (302) 21 15 23 or 77 37 92
E-mail: accra@international.gc.ca
Website: canadainternational.gc.ca/ghana/

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Calling Canada from Ghana

To call Canada from Ghana you need to dial 00+1+area code+local number

Province Code Province  Code
Alberta

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario

226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec

418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    

 

Maps of Ghana

Ghana By CIA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

 

Driving in Ghana

Ghana is a relatively dangerous place to drive, with seven accidents per day. Lots of people speed and there is lots of congestion (especially in Accra, where driving times can be quadrupled by traffic).  The roads outside of the major cities are usually in bad shape, if they are even paved. There is a lack of sidewalks in many places. Also, outside of the cities, there is no street lighting.

International driver's licenses are valid in Ghana for one year after your arrival date.

Most people who rent, rent both a car and driver, as it costs about US$100 per day. 

 

Transportation: Taxis and Buses

Taxis are easy to find, particularly in the capital, Accra. They are affordable and many drivers will offer tourists the opportunity to hire them by the hour or day. If you find a driver you feel you can trust, you should really do this, as it saves renting a car or using other forms of transit. Be careful about hiring them though. This page has some good tips.

Most people use the "TroTro," or minibus for travel within Accra. There are numerous ones and they are cheap. But they are not recommened for travel outside a city.

The train system is currently undergoing a major upgrade and should be a good option for travel i the country.

 

The Internet in Ghana

Ghana has some of the best wired connections in Africa, ranked third fastest (in Africa) in 2014. However, most homes still do not have a wired connection; wi-fi is much more common and you should have no problem getting a connection at a major hotel. Note that if you are staing in Ghana for a while, internet connections can be extremely expensive. Internet cafes remain a good option as they often have the best connections. 

 

Shopping in Ghana

There are good shopping options in Accra, including the nicest shops in Ghana. There are fewer options outside the capital.

If you would like to know more about shopping in Ghana, let us know by submitting a inquiry below.

 

Food in Ghana

If you would like to know about cuisine in Ghana, let us know below.

 

IMMIgroup does not provide visa services, except to the United States and Canada. This page refers you to CIBT, the largest provider of visa services in Canada.