Do I need a visa to go to Ghana?
Visa requirements for Ghana vary depending on the following factors: your purpose of travel, length of stay, nationality and place of residence.
Purpose of travel: CAVNET trips fall under the category of “volunteer tourism” and we recommend you state your purpose of travel as “tourism” when asked by immigration officials. If you state “work” or “volunteer work” as your purpose, immigration officers often demand that you pay extra and acquire a work/employment visa, which is not necessary for your volunteer program.
Length of stay: A tourist can stay in Ghana for a maximum of 180 days and an initial tourist visa is valid for 60 days. If you are planning on volunteering in excess of 60 days, you will need to extend your tourist visa in Ghana and our team will help you with this process. The cost for the extension is approximately 40 GHS per month (about US$20). Any volunteers staying for more than 90 days in Ghana will also require a non-resident card, which must be purchased at the time of obtaining a visa extension. The cost of a non-resident card is approximately US$120.
Nationality and place of residence: Volunteers of most nationalities are required to obtain a tourist visa prior to arrival in Ghana. You will need to check with your nearest Ghanaian embassy to verify your specific requirements.
How to apply: Most nationalities are required to pre-arrange a 60-day tourist visa from their nearest Ghanaian embassy prior to arriving in Ghana. Fees and processing times vary from embassy to embassy and we recommend checking the requirements of the Ghanaian embassy nearest to you, well in advance. All volunteers need to ensure they have a passport that is valid for 6 months from their date of entry into Ghana.
What is the currency in Ghana?
Currency: Ghanaian Cedi (GHS). We recommend checking out the most current exchange rate before your departure.
Managing your money: We recommend taking some United States Dollars (around US$200) to keep away in case of emergencies as well as a VISA credit/debit card to withdraw cash in local currency, as you need it. ATMs are easily accessible in major cities and tourist areas, and hotels, shops and restaurants in tourist areas generally accept credit cards. You will need Cedi for public transportation, taxis and independent shops and hospitality venues. Most currencies can be exchanged easily at the airport (although you will not receive a favourable exchange rate) and at any bank. MasterCard and Maestro cards are starting to become more widely accepted, although this is mainly just in Accra.
I have never been to Ghana before and am worried! How safe is it?
Ghana is a developing country where there can often be unrest and like all countries around the world, there are areas where criminal activity is more prevalent than others. Safety and security is a high priority for CAVNET and you will not be placed in areas where we feel your safety is at risk. You will be accommodated and placed with other volunteers, so it is unlikely that you will ever be alone during your time on the program and we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering trip is as safe and secure as possible.
Placements and homestays are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteer experiences and we are continually improving our projects through feedback from our volunteers. Security and safety of our programs is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with our staff at orientation. During orientation, our staff will provide guidance in the area of safety and security and in the unlikely event that something was to happen, you will be able to call on our staff for support 24/7. The host families and staff at your placement are also available to provide you with assistance if needed.
Is it easy to keep in touch with friends and family at home?
Phone: You can bring your own cell phone to Ghana to use with a local pre-paid SIM card, however it must be an unlocked phone. You can buy prepaid SIM cards for about US$1. Both international and local calls can be made. If you wish to use your own cell phone on global roaming, you will need to check with your cell phone provider for roaming costs and coverage in Ghana. Please note, the country code of Ghana is +233.
Internet: You will be able access the Internet through Internet cafes located in towns near-by to your accommodation.
Do I require vaccinations to travel to Ghana?
The Yellow Fever vaccination is legally required for you to enter Ghana.
All other vaccinations are a personal choice and we recommend visiting a travel doctor to discuss vaccinations for your trip, as the list provided below is only a guide. Your doctor will be able to advise the benefits and implications for each vaccination according to your travel plans, so you can make an informed decision. We recommend discussing the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Tuberculosis (when epidemic)
- Malaria – Tablets
To secure your place on our program and begin preparing for your trip abroad, just follow these simple steps:
- Browse our range of affordable volunteer programs at www.cavnetgh.org
- Select the program that you wish to volunteer on and apply online using the online application form. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from CAVNET, informing you of whether there is space on your selected program.
- After being accepted on our program, you can confirm your place by paying the registration fee of US$250 (refundable* if you choose not to go) and becoming a registered CAVNET volunteer.
- As a registered CAVNET volunteer, you will be connected with a dedicated CAVNET Program Manager for ongoing support and you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training, comprehensive information booklet and pre-departure check-lists.
* Terms and conditions apply.