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TRAVEL ADVICE

Kumasi, Ghana

Cape Coast, Ghana

Malaysians travelling to Ghana are advised to adhere to the following:

  • Bring along yellow fever vaccination card;
  • Exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Ghana because of the risk of criminal activities;
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading to Ghana, organise comprehensive travel insurance and health insurance (for overseas), register your presence in Ghana at the Malaysian High Commission by giving contact details, so we can contact you in cases of emergency either in Ghana or your family back at home;
  • Be aware of the threat of malaria which is a real health concern in Ghana. Before coming, check with your doctor about malaria prophylactics;
  • While traveling, don't carry too much cash and remember that expensive watches, jewelery and cameras may be tempting targets for thieves;
  • Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are require to report a lost or stolen passport at the Malaysia High Commission in Accra as soon as possible;
  • Be aware that local laws and penalties. If you are arrested or jailed, the Malaysian Government will do what it can to help you but cannot guarantee you out of trouble or out of jail;
  • Serious offences, including murder, carry the death sentence and penalties for drug offences, including possession, are severe in Ghana and carry mandatory prison sentences;
  • Homosexual acts are illegal and attract a minimum sentence of 7 years in prison and possession of pornographic material is illegal;
  • Wearing military-style or camouflage clothing is prohibited;
  • Taking photographs of or near government buildings, airport or other infrastructure, including oilfields, can lead to detention;
  • The wet season extends from May to October when flooding occurs, particularly in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana. If you intend to travel to these regions during the wet season, you should monitor local media and weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities;
  • You are advised to maintain a safe a legal distance when observing wildlife, including marine animals and birds. Hire reputable and professional guides or tour operators and closely follow Park's regulations and wardens' advice;
  • Organise a variety of ways to access your money overseas, such as credit cards, travelers' cheques, cash, debit cards or cash cards. Check with your bank whether your ATM card will work overseas. It is difficult to find banks and/or businesses in Ghana which accept credit cards other than VISA. Credit card fraud is common in Ghana.
  • Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers' cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home;
  • There are conservative standards of dress and behaviour in Ghana and you should take care not to offend;
  • Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulation) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Ghana for the most up to date information;


Local Etiquette/Customs

The Ghanaian people have an international reputation for being friendly and helpful. In your travel, you also may find that to be true. Traveling to various parts of the country is an excellent way to get to know the people and their culture. To help you to show that you are adjustable and considerate of the culture and traditions in Ghana, here are a few hints as to how to adjust to Ghanaian ways.



Protocols

  • Smile at people you meet .
  • Always greet with a verbal "good morning" of "good afternoon" or whatever is appropriate for the time of day.
  • Extend your RIGHT hand for a handshake (except when in the presence of a chief; see reference to greeting chiefs.
  • Keep the LEFT hand away from greetings, eating or receiving anything from someone else. (The left hand is considered to be the toilet hand). Those who are left-handed should try especially hard to get used to this tradition. Times and attitudes toward use of the left hand for writing are changing. Practice using the RIGHT hand until you find out how traditional the people you meet are.
  • When entering a group, shake hands with the people presents beginning with the person on the right, moving toward the left.
  • It is acceptable to interrupt and greet a group.
  • Always invite a guest to eat with you when you are eating. Eating together is socially significant and not a mere question of hunger or nutrition (many Africans do not like Western food anyway). It is insulting to have someone wait in the living room while you eat.
  • It is considered polite to invite close friends, acquaintances and work colleagues to certain functions; it hardly matters if the person is well known. Offense is taken if someone should have been invited and was omitted.
  • Never sniff any food or beverage offered you.
  • Younger ones must always relinquish their seats for older ones when seats are not available.

Terms We Use That May Be Offensive to Ghanaians

Some words and expressions that we find common and relatively non-threatening are a taboo in Ghana; for example: "You are a little beast/monkey", "foolish", "silly," "fool," "stupid." Never tell someone to "shout up".