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Traveling to Ghana
Several airlines operate daily scheduled flights from America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East to Ghana, these include; British Airways, South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines), Emirates, Delta, Middle Eastern, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines.
Visas, Customs & Immigration
Every visitor to Ghana requires a visa or entry permit except ECOWAS citizens and nationals from Kenya and Zimbabwe. All visitors are given up to sixty days on a visitor's permit on arrival. Ghanaian High Commissions abroad will facilitate the issuing of individual as well as group visas. You can find Ghanaian High Commissions all over the world, countries include, USA, UK, China, Japan, France and Germany. Furthermore, visas can be obtained upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport at a fee, set at around $100.
You are advised to consult a health care provider at least 4-6 weeks prior to your visit in order to acquire the necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria treatment. The only immunization you are required to have is for Yellow Fever all the others are optional and at your discretion. It is advisable that you bring along prescription medicines with you. Basic medicines can be found at licensed chemists throughout the country.
Travelling around Ghana
Travel by road is the main mode of transportation in Ghana, both visitors and Ghanaians use the large number of taxis, commercial minibuses, Metro Mass transport buses and coaches available.
Taxis in Ghana are easily identified in yellow, burgundy and orange colours with a taxi sign above the vehicle. In comparison to other countries travel by taxi is relatively an inexpensive way to travel around. Taxi fares are usually negotiated and agreed prior to boarding the taxi and it is recommended that you only travel in a taxi that is in good condition and when the driver knows and fully understands where he is going.
There is a range of car hire services operated by local and international car rental companies which can be found at most hotels and at the airport. A driver is usually provided and prices are charged per hour or day rates. For visitors with an international driving licence self-drive car hire services are also available.
For travel between cities and nearby West African countries, coach companies such as the Intercity STC, Metro Mass, OA, M-Plaza and Neoplan buses operate regular services on these routes. Fares are standard and depend on routes.
Domestic airlines such as Antrak Air, Fly 540 and City Link are also available to transport people to some of the regions in the country. These airlines serve a network of domestic destinations from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra to Kumasi, Takoradi, Sunyani and Tamale.
Hotels in Ghana offer a wide range of hotel accommodation for the growing business sector and tourist industry. Hotels range from the cosmopolitan city hotels, to guesthouses, national park lodges, beach resorts and growing numbers of eco-tourism lodges. Ghana's hotels are classified according to the international star-system with 5-star as the highest and 1-star being the minimum internationally acceptable standard of quality.
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