Ghana in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

You need a yellow-fever vaccination certificate to enter Ghana.

Customs Regulations

  • You'll need a permit from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to bring/take out plants or plant products.
  • Absolute prohibitions include raw coffee, pornography and 'scandalous' or 'defamatory' literature.
  • Residents and nonresidents arriving in Ghana are permitted to carry up to US$10,000


Visas are required by everyone except Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States) nationals. Visas upon arrival are rarely issued.

Further Information

Though it's technically possible to pick up a visa upon arrival, they only get granted in rare cases so it is highly advisable you get one ahead of travelling. Single-entry three-month visas (US$60) and multiple-entry six-month visas (US$100) are standard. You can get a visa extension at the Immigration Office in Accra near the Sankara Interchange.

Visas for Onward Travel

Most nationalities need a visa for onward travel throughout West Africa.

Burkina Faso

The embassy issues visas for three months (C146), usually in 24 hours. You need three photos and a yellow-fever certificate. Three-month tourist visas are also available at the border at Dakola, costing CFA94,000.

Côte d'Ivoire

A three-month visa costs €50 and requires a hotel confirmation. See full list of requirements at


The embassy issues visas for one month on the same day. Alternatively, you can get a visa at the border at Aflao (CFA15,000), but it's only valid for seven days and you'll need to extend it in Lomé.