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Useful facts, information and hints and tips about life in Ghana.

Permits

Read about all the different permit options for immigration to Ghana.

Services

Read about our services, how we assist with all Ghana permits and visas as well as relocation issues.

Foreign Exchange

Exchanging money can be a daunting experience. Our well-informed experts can save you avoidable charges.

Travel Visas

Learn here about obtaining your travel visa for Ghana, special passes and the entry requirements.

Ghana – information for expat workers

Below are some interesting facts about Ghana and life in Ghan.a We offer a full relocation support service for those expatriate workers that require settling in assistance as well as a work visa or permit.

Geography

Ghana, which lies in the centre of the West African coast, has 2,093km of land borders with the three French-speaking nations of [Burkina Faso] (548km) to the north, [Côte d’Ivoire](668km) to the west, and [Togo] (877 km) to the east. To the south are the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Capital

The capital of Ghana is Accra with almost 2 million people living there. In Accra there is a mix of modern buildings, shanty towns and markets with the central business district around Makola Market. East of the city centre is the Kotoka international airport and this area also features many of  the hotels, embassies and smarter residential areas.

Population

Just over 21 million people live in Ghana.

Language

The national official language is English and this is often taught in schools and used in law courts and by many newspapers and radio stations. Other African languages include Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe, and Ga.

Climate

Ghana enjoys a hot and humid tropical climate all year round. Average temperatures are around 30 Celsius. Most of the country experiences two rainy seasons during the year with the wettest months being May and June, and October. Northern Ghana sees the weather a little drier with the October rains not always coming.

The capital Accra is hottest from November to January.

Economy

Ghana is blessed with many natural resources but is still very dependent on international financial and technical assistance. Gold and cocoa production and individual remittances are major sources of foreign exchange. The domestic economy continues to revolve around agriculture, which accounts for about 35% of GDP and employs about 55% of the work force, mainly small landholders.

Money matters

The cedi is the unit of currency in Ghana. The cedi is broken down into 100 pesewas. ghana cedi

The best currencies to bring to Ghana are: US Dollars, Euros or British pounds. These will get you the best exchange rate at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. ATM machines are available in major cities but may not always work and only accept Visa or Mastercard. If you’re planning on bringing traveller cheques, exchange them in the main cities as smaller towns may not exchange them. Don’t change too much money at one time unless you’re prepared to accommodate large amounts of cedis.

Getting to Uganda

The only international airport in Kotaka international airport East of Accra city centre.

Getting around

1. Bus – Vanef-STC is the main bus company and its routes include all the major towns. Other bus companies operating in Ghana include OSA, Kingdom Transport Services and GPRTU.
2. Tro-tros are minibuses or converted pick-up trucks that cover every route in Ghana. Tro-tros are particularly handy on routes that the main bus companies don’t service. While the ride can be bumpy and you may break down, they are cheap and offer you a chance to get close to your fellow Ghanaian travelers. They tend to have have no set schedules and generally leave when very full
3. Major car rental companies are in Ghana including Avis and Europcar. The main roads in Ghana are not too bad but are littered with police checkpoints. Do not be surprised if a cash handout is needed to proceed. In Ghana you drive on the right-hand side.

Schooling

For a list of popular expat schools in Ghana see here.

Housing

Apartments start from around USD1500 upwards with houses costing about USD3,500 upwards.

Shopping

To can a perspective on shopping in Ghana see http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Ghana/Shopping-Ghana-TG-C-1.html

Night-life

Nightlife in Accra is rather quiet on weekdays but livens up considerably during the weekends. The events calendar is slow throughout the year and only seems to be really packed at Christmas. Accra however offers some good entertainment, both cultural and club varieties.

There are quite a number of nightclubs and bars in Accra and some of these are located right at the doorsteps of major hotels. They have cozy lobbies and bars that set the mood for a good evening, with hosting cultural displays and live bands at their poolside. The Osu area is by far the swingiest part of town for entertainment.

Relocation services to Ghana

Whether it is a simple airport pick up through to schooling, housing or settling in services Intergate and its representatives offer a full relocation service which can tailored to your individual needs or that of your employees. Simply e-mail us here or telephone us + 27 (0) 21 424 2460.