Danish State Visit to Ghana

Accra

23 - 25 November 2017

Practical information about Ghana

Representation of Denmark in Ghana
67, Dr. Isert Road North Ridge
Accra, Ghana
Telefon: +233 30 225 3473
E-mail: accamb@um.dk

Useful numbers
Police: 191
Ambulance: 193
Fire: 192

Language
The official language in Ghana is English, but there are more than 80 spoken languages in the country. Among the most used Ghanaian languages are Twi, Ewe, Dagbani, and Ga.

Currency
The Ghanaian Cedi is the unit of currency in Ghana. 1 GHS ≈ 1.50 DKK.Though cash is most used in Ghana, the use of credit cards is most often accepted in large shops and larger hotels. Local currency can be withdrawn with credit cards from ATMs, which are available by banks, hotels and shopping centres in Accra. 


Electricity
220-230 volt – the same as in Denmark. However, the plugs are different so an international adapter will be required (most common are plugs D and G). Adaptors are usually available at hotels and conference centres.

Telephone
Country code is +233.

Time Zone
UTC +0. At the time of the visit, Ghana will be one hour behind Danish time.

Water
Tap water is not drinkable in Ghana. However, showering and brushing your teeth with tap water should not cause any problems. You can buy bottled water from any supermarket and most shops in Ghana.

Weather
The climate of Ghana is tropical and there are two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. Accra experiences its rainy season from April to July. The tropical climate of Ghana is relatively mild for its latitude. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows in north-east Ghana from December to March, lowering the humidity and causing hot days and cool nights in northern parts of Ghana.

Public transportation
Tro–tros (mini vans) and taxis are the most common ways to travel inside Accra.
The most efficient way to travel in the cities is probably taking a taxi and they are everywhere! All the taxis in Ghana have a yellow painted mudguard which makes it easy to distinguish them.
Note that you should always settle the fare before departure. Often a taxi driver might try to overcharge you especially if you’re foreign, so don’t be shy about bargaining.
Tro-tros are privately owned mini vans; they are uncomfortable and somewhat dangerous. We do not recommend the use of tro-tros.

 

Security
Accra is a peaceful city and generally safe if you exercise the basic precautions that you would in any big city.  Pickpockets, purse slashing, and snatching are the most common forms of crime experienced by visitors.  Crowded market areas or streets/alleys, such as Makola Market, the Arts Centre and Oxford Street in Osu, are areas that are prone to this type of activity. It is normally safe to walk out on the streets during the day. It is recommended that you avoid quiet and deserted streets when going out at night. Also bear in mind that most of the streets are not lit and there are no pavements.

Health
Malaria is prevalent in Ghana and it is strongly recommended to take suitable anti-malarial prophylaxis before arrival. To avoid mosquito bites it is advised to use mosquito repellent when outside during late afternoons and evenings. Please ensure that you have vaccination against yellow fever given at least 10 days before arrival to Ghana and that you are in possession of an international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever. This certificate is required as part of the arrival procedures in the airport and you can be rejected entrance to Ghana if the necessary documentation is not presented. For all other recommendations concerning vaccinations and health kindly contact your doctor or Statens Serum Institut (http://www.ssi.dk/).

Visa
You need a visa for entering Ghana. Kindly note that there is a two-weeks processing time at the Ghanaian Embassy in Copenhagen and that a copi of your international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever should be attached to the visa application.

Hospital
In case of emergency, the Embassy of Denmark recommends the following hospitals:

Address:
WARA Hospital
Emerald House
Number 2
Gowa Lane, Accra
Telephone:
+233 302 781258


Address:
Lister Hospital and Fertility Centre
Airport Hills
Off the Spintex Rd.
Cantonments
Accra, Ghana.
Telephone:
+233 303 409 030