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Ghana is a developing country on the West Coast of Africa. The capital is Accra. Facilities for tourism are available in the population centers of the greater Accra region, Kumasi in the Ashanti region, and in the Cape Coast area of the Central region, but they are limited in the more remote areas of the country. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Ghana for additional information.



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Country Name: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Capital City: Accra
Boundary Countries:

Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

37 Military Hospital, Agyakwa Hospital Ltd., Akai House Clinic, Aneeja Surgical & Medical Clinic, Health Works, Holy Trinity Medical Centre, Jubail Specialist Hospital, Nyaho Clinic, St. Peters Clinic, Trust Hospital

Main Cities:

Accra, Tamale, Cape Coast,Kumasi,Ho, Tema

Country Size: 239,460 sq km
Population: 22,409,572



English (official), African languages (including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe, and Ga)

Currency: cedi (GHC)
Predominant Religions:

Christian 63%, Muslim 16%, indigenous beliefs 21%

National Holidays: Independance Day, 6 March (1957)
Economic Status:

Ghana is a developing country on the West Coast of Africa. Well endowed with natural resources, Ghana has roughly twice the per capita output of the poorest countries in West Africa. Even so, Ghana remains heavily dependent on international financial and technical assistance.


Ghanaian Army, Ghanaian Navy, Ghanaian Air Force

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy in Accra
No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra
P.O. Box GP 2288
Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233 (0) 30 274 1000
Document Requirements:

A passport and visa are required, as is evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 686-4520. Consular services are also available at the Ghana Permanent Mission to the United Nations at 19 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, telephone (212) 832-1300; and the Honorary Consulate of Ghana, 3434 Locke Lane, Houston, TX, telephone (713) 960-8833. Overseas, inquiries should be made at the nearest Ghanaian embassy or consulate. Visit the Embassy of Ghana  website for the most current visa information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Ghana.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

Major Airports:

Airports:  12, Airports w/paved runways:  7
Kotoka International Airport Tema, Ghana, Torman Street Fishing Harbor Road, Kaas Fisheries Building, PO Box co 1819, Tema, GHANA
Tel: +233 22 206862, +233 020 812 5127
Fax: +233 22 206862
centre-gcaa@ighmail.com  Website: www.gcaa.com.gh
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +233 21 762922/3
Fax: +233 21 762838

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Due to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies and street demonstrations and maintain security awareness at all times. Incidences of violent crime, such as armed robbery, have risen over the last year, including reports of armed robberies in expatriate residential areas.  Victims who resist attackers run a high risk of serious physical injury. Travelers who limit their display of jewelry and handle their cash discreetly reduce their vulnerability to crime.  Travelers are advised to carry limited amounts of cash and only photocopies of key documents. It is strictly prohibited to wear any military apparel such as camouflage jackets or trousers, or any clothing or items that may appear military in nature.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  55.02 deaths/1,000 live births Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 58.87 years  (male 58.07 /female 59.69)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: Yellow Fever 
Recommended: Hep A & B, Malaria, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, 
Boosters: MMR, DPT and polio

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Maleria is a high risk through out the country.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical facilities are limited, particularly outside Accra, the capital.  Travelers should carry a supply of any needed prescription medicines, along with copies of the prescriptions, including the generic name for the drugs, and a supply of preferred over-the-counter medications.   

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 2
Referrals: 28
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

There is a high risk of Maleria through out the country.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code: +233 
Internet Country Code : gh


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