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Travel tips for Ghana

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The former „land of kings“ surprises its visitors with a cultural and natural wealth. The highlights of the country include:

Ashanti

The city of Kumasi is considered the centre of the Ashanti Empire, both historically and spiritually. The king of the Ashanti still sits here today. Significant gold deposits still characterize Ashanti land today. This gold, their statesmanship as well as their warfare made them famous.

Mole National Park

The country’s largest national park is surrounded by grassland savanna. The over 90 species of animals that live here include elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, antelopes, monkeys, as well as reptiles and amphibians. Also, 300 species of birds call the park their home.

Kakum National Park

The tropical rainforest of the national park is home to an impressive plant life. Rare animals such as forest elephants, Lowe’s monkeys and forest buffaloes live here. A highlight is the unique treetop trail with one of the highest free-floating suspension bridge in the world.

Historical Heritage

As a former colony and place of slave trade, one can find some historical remains here like the forts of Elmina and Cape Coast or the slave market of Salaga. Another historical insight can be gained at the mosque of Larabanga, one of the oldest of its kind in Africa.

Beaches

With its beautiful beaches the coast of Ghana invites to relax. Over 500km of coastline offer several deserted beaches, for example in Elmina, Ezile Bay or Beyin.

Tourist infrastructure

The capital Accra is the starting and ending point of all international air connections; within the country, one moves by land. The transportation network in Ghana is comparatively well developed for West Africa. Road conditions can vary depending on the region. The main routes, especially along the coast, are paved. The further inland ones moeves, the more uneven the roads become.

The number of accommodations is steadily increasing, especially in the coastal area there is already a well-developed portfolio of small and medium-sized hotels and resorts. Accommodation in the interior is usually rather simple outside the larger cities.

Climate and travel season

The climate can be roughly divided into two climatic zones: the humid south with green rainforest and the dry north with tree, shrub and grass savannah. Since there are no classical seasons in Ghana, the temperature is relatively constant all year round with approx. 30°C, in the cooler months it drops by up to 5°C. Only in the north it gets warmer. Only in the north it gets warmer and temperatures rise to 40°C at the beginning of the year.

In the south, the main rainy season is between April and June, followed by the small rainy season from September to October. The north, on the other hand, has a rainy season from April to October, with the latter two months being the most pronounced.

The best time to travel are the months of the dry season. For the south this means July and August and November to April, for the north November to April.

Visa and entry

Citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland require a visa for the entry into Ghana, which must be applied for in good time at the responsible embassy in the respective country. All travel documents must be valid for at least six months beyond the trip.

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  • Information on entry:

    Entry into Ghana is possible for tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland via the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. At the departure airport, travelers must present a proof of payment for a chargeable antigen test when checking in. The cost of 150 USD must be paid online at Ghana Airports prior to travel. In addition, all passengers must fill out the „Health Declaration Form“ online before traveling. Moreover, all travelers are obliged to carry a negative PCR test result with them, which must not be older than 72 hours before departure. The PCR test certificate must be uploaded to the Panabios portal before departure. The certification code (TT code) generated by the system must be carried with you and presented upon request at check-in. Here one can find more information. Upon arrival in Accra, the pre-paid antigen test will be performed and the result should be available within 30 minutes. If the test result is negative, there is no obligation to quarantine. Travelers who tested positive are transferred to a quarantine hotel by the Ghana Health Service, of which the costs have to be covered by the travelers themselves. Another test is carried out after three days, which can be used to end the quarantine if the result is negative. Transit passengers and children under 5 years of age are not affected by these rules. The national borders with the neighboring countries Côte d´Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo are closed. A negative, certified PCR test result is also required for the exit. A list of the test laboratories recognized in Ghana can be found on the Panabios portal. Ater the test, the result will be made available electronically on the Panabios portal.

  • Information on return:

    Since March 30, 2021, all travellers, no matter from which country they are coming and which means of transportation they use, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. The PCR test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. In addition, travellers must register their entry at the entry portal www.einreiseanmeldung.de➝ before arriving in Germany and carry proof of the corresponding registration with them. For stays in high risk areas classified by the RKI➝ there is a 10-day quarantine obligation. The quarantine can solely be prevented when a proof of complete vaccination or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, was submitted on the entry portal. After five days at the earliest, travellers who are not vaccinated or did not recover from a Covid-19 infection can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. For stays in virus mutation areas a negative PCR-test, which must be performed at the earliest 72 hours before entering, needs to be shown before return and a fourteen-day quarantine must to be entered without possibility to shorten it.

    All travellers older than 12 years, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering Austria. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Since January 15, 2021, travellers must register their entry here ➝ („Pre-Travel-Clearance“) before arrival. With the above mentioned certifications a quarantine can be fully prevented when entering from a country classified as safe. The certifications can be handed in 24 hours later if no hotel stay is planned. For vaccinated people arriving from countries not classified as safe or from virus mutations areas the quarantine does not apply neither. Non-vaccinated people however need to present a negative Covid-test or a proof of recovery as well as enter a 10-day quarantine. After five days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early.

    All air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection within the past 6 months must register their entry on www.swissplf.admin.ch before or during arrival in Switzerland and need to carry the generated QR-code with them. Air passengers older than 16 years must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection as well need to enter a 10-day quarantine and present a PCR-test. In addition, they need to inform their corresponding cantonal authority latest within two days after arrival. After seven days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. The obligation to test or enter quarantine does not apply to fully vaccinated people who can present a certificate such as the EU Digital Certificate or a Swiss Covid certificate.

Für Einreisende in die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, die sich in den letzten 10 Tagen vor Einreise in einem Risikogebiet aufgehalten haben, besteht seit dem 08. November 2020 die Pflicht, sich unverzüglich in eine zehntägige Quarantäne zu begeben. Darüber hinaus müssen Reisende vor ihrer Ankunft in Deutschland ihre Einreise unter https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de ➝ anmelden und den Nachweis über die entsprechende Anmeldung mit sich führen. Nach frühestens fünf Tagen können sich die Reiserückkehrer Covid-19 Test unterziehen. Mit einem anschließenden Negativergebnis kann die Quarantänepflicht frühzeitig beendet werden.

ACHTUNG: Wer sich in den letzten 10 Tagen vor Einreise in Deutschland in einem Hochinzidenz-Gebiet oder einem Virusvarianten-Gebiet aufgehalten hat, muss bereits bei Einreise einen ärztlichen Nachweis oder ein negatives Testergebnis bei sich tragen und diesen bei Aufforderung der zuständigen Behörden vorlegen können. Der Test darf nicht älter als 48 Stunden vor Einreise sein. Darüber hinaus ist das negative Testergebnis auch vor Antritt der Rückreise dem entsprechenden Beförderer vorzulegen. Sollte es den Einreisenden aus etwaigen Gründen in einem Hochinzidenzgebiet oder einem Virusvarianten-Gebiet nicht möglich sein, sich vor Abreise testen zu lassen, können die entsprechenden Beförderer vor Abreise einen Schnelltest durchführen und bei Negativergebnis die Beförderung vornehmen. Der Beförderer darf den Test maximal 12 Stunden vor Abreise durchführen. Dieser Test muss den Anforderungen des RKI entsprechen: https://www.rki.de/tests ➝

Covid-19

Corona precautionary measures

  • Restrictions in the country:

    A minimum distance of 1.5m applies throughout the country. The use of public transport and travel within the country are unrestricted.

  • Mouth and nose protection:

    In Ghana, wearing a mouth and nose protection is mandatory in public places such as stores, supermarkets, restaurants, mosques and churches. Frequent hand washing and disinfection is recommended.

  • Hygiene measures in the country:

    The government of Ghana has published a catalogue of measures for the hospitality industry, which is mandatory for all companies operating in the tourism sector. This corresponds to the current hygiene standards.

Status: 05.10.2021

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