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05 Jun

Ghana Travel FAQ: 3 Answers to Common Questions

Are you packing up and getting ready to head to Ghana this summer? If this is your first trip, you may have some questions about what to expect when you go. Hear are some answers to some frequent Ghana travel questions:

What kind of immunizations do I need before I go?

Before traveling to Ghana, the only shots are required to get are for yellow fever. There are other optional ones, but be sure to talk to your doctor before you get your shots. Getting other shots are most important if you plan to go outside of major cities, or if you plan to stay long-term. For example, you may want to consider getting a malaria shot for longer stays or frequent outdoor trips, because while the problem is largely curbed, sub-Saharan Africa still poses risk for malaria, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

To err on the side of caution, do not drink tap water. Bottled water can be purchased from pretty much any shop. Sachets of purified water and prepurchased liters of water are both extremely cheap and easy to procure. Also take care to avoid water from vendors called “ice water”, as this is just chilled tap water in a tied plastic bag that has not undergone any purification and can put you at potential risk for digestive issues and other types of illness. The water sachets of undergone filtration treatments and are produced in a heat-sealed package to ensure maximum cleanliness.

What about tipping at restaurants?

In Ghana, tips are much appreciated, as the average hospitality worker can make as little as $2 per day, and tips supplement their salary. A gratuity of 10% is considered acceptable for good service, and while a good tip won’t guarantee good service, but in general, good tipping and kind words to your wait staff and other hospitality workers will make good treatment more likely, especially in establishments that you frequent.

When you’re ready for your next trip to Ghana, Texas Tower Houston can help you get your Ghana visa and US passport without you ever having to set foot in the consulate. For more information on the travel services we offer, or to get an estimate on your passport and Ghana visa, give us a call today at (713) 874-1420 or visit us online. Information on fees and documents that you need for your Ghana visa, check out our guide.

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