About Ghana

Facts for Visitors

Country Size: 239,460 sq km.

Population: 24 million approx.

Capital: Accra. 

Language
English is the official language. The major languages spoken are Akan, Ga, Ewe, and Hausa. 

Religion
Christian denominations, Islam and African traditional religions. 

Electricity
220 volts, AC 50hz. Three pin and flat pin plugs are both used. 

Posts & Communication
Post offices are open on weekdays from 08.00 to 17.00 and on Saturdays from 08.00 to 12.00. 

Telephone
International Direct (IDD) Code – 233
Local directory enquiries – 100
International directory enquires – 0175/0176
Collect Calls: UK – 0194 USA – 0191 

Currency
The currency in Ghana is the Ghana Cedi (GHS)

Foreign currencies are freely exchanged at forex bureaux or banks. Major hotels, airlines and selected shops accept credit cards. 

Exchange Rates (Updated 7/6/2016)

$1 to GHS 3.82

£1 to GHS 5.51

€1 to GHS 4.33

Climate

There are two main seasons: the dry and the wet season. The dry season is from November to March. The wet season from April to August.
The temperature is between 20°C – 38°C. 

Passport & visas
Valid passports are required by all. Visas are required by most visitors, except for nationals of certain African and Commonwealth countries.

Commercial Hours
Monday – Friday: 0830 – 1730hrs

Driving
Ghana drives on the right and a valid international driving license is required. People driving into Ghana require a carnet de passage and and international insurance.

What to wear
Light cotton clothes are ideal. A jacket and tie or a Ghanaian / African wear may be required for business meetings and in main hotels in the evening.