Beyond The Return – Ghana Travel Guide (2022)

I can’t express how much Ghana felt like home. As soon as I stepped out of the plane, I felt so much peace and calmness. I was greeted with a warm welcome by the airport staff. ‘Akwaaba‘ means welcome in Tri (a Ghanaian local language). Ghana was a whole vibe! From the friendly people to the mouthwatering food, the history, culture and the art scene, Ghana has so much to offer. Ghana holds a special place in my heart. I spent a very short amount of time before travelling to Nigeria and it left such a positive mark. Whenever I think of my trip to Ghana, I have nothing but warm memories. In three and half days we managed to do quite a lot. It helped that we hired a personal driver to take us

Some Information About Ghana

Ghana is a country in West Africa, which was known as the Gold Coast before being renamed the Republic of Ghana after the country gained its independence in 1957. Accra, the capital city of Ghana is such a bustling and vibrant city but I would recommend venturing outside of Accra to truly bask in Ghana’s beauty.

I was longing to go to Ghana long before the government marked 2019 as the homecoming year of return and It was fitting to pair a trip to Ghana with Nigeria during the Christmas period. The Year of Return, Ghana 2019 is an initiative of the government of Ghana to encourage African diasporans to come to Africa (specifically Ghana). The year 2019 was symbolic as it commemorated 400 years since the first enslaved Africans touched down in Jamestown, in the English colony of Virginia in America.

It is expected that over 150,000 people will be travelling at the end of 2021 and will truly be beyond the return experience to remember after a crazy almost two years of this pandemic. This mini but detailed travel guide will prep you for a trip to Ghana any time of the year or during the Detty December season.

Travelling To Ghana In 2022 – The Entry Requirements

Ghana has two major international airports, Kotoka International Airport and Kumasi International Airport. In general, the preference for most visitors is to fly into Accra via Kotoka International Airport. Ghana will only allow double-vaccinated individuals to visit and travel to the country from midnight on Sunday, 12th December 2021. Only Ghanaian residents will be exempt from the rules. Unvaccinated Ghanaian residents planning to return to Ghana between 12th December 2021 to 26th December 2021 are expected to be vaccinated on arrival.

Passengers travelling to Ghana must

  • Undergo a COVID test 72hrs before departure.
    The only exemption to the need to provide a pre-arrival test is if you are returning to Ghana within one week of leaving. You would still need to take a mandatory antigen test on arrival.
  • Complete additional health declaration forms online before arrival
  • Do an additional antigen test on arrival.

For the additional antigen test on arrival, this costs $50 per passenger for Ghanaians and citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and $150 for everyone else, with results available within 30 minutes. Payment must be made online before boarding the flight to Ghana.
Ghanaian residents who have left Ghana for one week or less do not need to present a negative PCR test for departure, but still, have to undertake the mandatory antigen test on arrival. Children under the age of five are exempt.

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