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Expat tips for moving to and settling in Ghana

Expat tips for moving to and settling in Ghana

Living in Ghana

Ghana’s developing economy, culture and demographics is evident in the diversity of life on the ground. Offering historic, traditional and modern all in one go. We’ve put together some useful information you will need if you’re planning on moving to Ghana.


Expat Clubs

International Youth and Education Program (IYEP)
The International Youth and Education Program (IYEP) is a leader in programs with cross-cultural orientation in Ghana. It is the office representing the reputable worldwide movement of Federation of Experiment in International Living.
Address: Off the IPS Atraco Road, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 302 508 583, +233 242 108 084
Email: info@iyep.org
Website: www.iyep.org
North American Women's Association (NAWA)
The North American Women's Association (NAWA) of Ghana is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting friendship and cultural activities among women of all nationalities residing in Ghana, and to support human-needs projects in our host country, particularly those benefiting women and children.
FB: www.facebook.com/groups/nawaprograms/
Website: www.nawaghana.com

International Schools 

East Airport International School
EAIS is an international Co-Educational School providing a British Curriculum based on the Private School System. The school admits children from Pre-School to Pre-University.  In Year seven (Secondary School), students will continue with the British curriculum towards their university entrance.
Curriculum: British
Address: East Airport International School, P O Box KAPM 57 KIA, Accra-Ghana
Tel: +223 302 811755, +223 245 789571
Email: info@eais-edu.com
Website: www.eais-edu.com
Lincoln Community School of Accra
Lincoln Community School is an American international school located in Accra, Ghana. We are a community-oriented school with international-standard facilities offering an engaging, inquiry-based curriculum for pre-school through Grade 12.
Curriculum: K12, PYP, MYP, International Baccalaureate
Address: #126/21 Dedeibaa Street, Abelemkpe, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 30 277 4018
Fax: +233 302 78 09 85
FB: www.facebook.com/lcsghana
Website: www.lincoln.edu.gh

Local News in English

Daily Guide
The Daily Guide is an English-language news site that brings local news on business, politics, entertainment and sports.
Website: www.dailyguideghana.com
Vibe Ghana
VibeGhana.com delivers the latest breaking Ghana news, and information on the latest top stories, weather, business, entertainment and more.
Website: vibeghana.com
Ghanaian Chronicle
The Ghanaian Chronicle is a news media that was started in September, 1990. The company has since been making very significant contributions to Mother Ghana’s Transition from dictatorship to democracy, freedom and justice. It is acknowledged as a leader in the crusader for peace and reconciliation among Ghanaians and against corruption, poverty and human abuses
Website: thechronicle.com.gh
Graphic Online
Website: graphic.com.gh

Country Information 

Location: Africa
Capital City: Accra
Other Important Cities:
Currency: Cedi
Language: English
Calling Code: +223
Internet TLD: .gh
Electricity: The country runs on? Ghana’s electricity mainly comes from hydro power. Electricity is supplied by two different companies catering to different regions of the country: Northern Electricity Distribution Company and Electricity Company of Ghana Limited.
Northern Electricity Distribution Company
Address: NORRIP Building, Bolga Road, P. O. Box TM77 Tamale, Ghana
Tel: +233 0372022381
Fax: +233 0372022488
Email: info@nedco.com.gh
Website: www.nedco.com.gh
Electricity Company of Ghana Limited
Website: www.ecgonline.info
Emergency Numbers:   
Ambulance: 193
Fire: 192, 999
Police: 191
Country Information
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Embassy Information

Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Most visitors must obtain a visa to enter and stay in Ghana. Only a handful of countries within the African continent and some in Asia are exempted. Visa applications can be filed in a Ghanaian embassy or consulate. There are short term visas (tourist, student and business) and permanent stay visa available. Work permits are also required to be applied for and processed before travelling to the country.
Ghana’s government portal outlines the application process and visa regulations>>

Documents Required (but not limited to)
·         Valid passport, 6 months
·         Completed visa application
·         4 passport size photos
·         Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, less than 6 years old

Please refer to the Ghana Immigration Service and government portal site for more information:


The Ghanaian rental market is a difficult pool to get through. There is a lot of demand for long-term/permanent housing, especially in the capital Accra, but limited supply. Corporations set their headquarters in within the capital inflating the demand for employee accommodations. While short-term rentals are plentiful and easy to find, securing a long-term housing will take a lot of time.

The best place to start looking are newspapers and classifieds. Searching online prior to travel will ensure that you spend a minimum amount of time scouring the city for a place to stay. Real estate agents are expensive, so save that as a last resort.

Accra has residential neighborhoods where expats usually take residence. However due to the rental difficulties, many have opted to go to areas like Dzworulu, Spintex Road and Roman Ridge.

Driving License

Expats must use their domestic license together with an international license from a country covered by the Vienna Convention to drive legally in Ghana. For more information, please visit: www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-Ghana.html


Ghana has both public and private healthcare. The public insurance system, or NHIS is available for all residents. However the public hospitals accepting this insurance are usually overcrowded and lack quality. Expats prefer securing private health insurances, which are more expensive. The private medical facilities are better in terms of quality of care and treatments.

Health Insurance

Med X Health Systems
MED-X Health Systems (Med-X) is a Private Commercial Health Insurance Services Company registered in Ghana under the Companies Code of 1963 (Act 179) and authorized to undertake the following activities: Third party fund Administration and Management, Medical Insurance Schemes, and Medical Referrals.
Address: 110 Ambassadorial Enclave, East-Legon. P.O.Box CT 5426, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 0302 510410, +233 0302 510411, +233 0302 510412, +233 0302 507763
Website: medxhs.com

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
The hospital has 2,000 beds and 17 clinical and diagnostic Departments/Units. It has an average daily attendance of 1,500 patients and about 250 patient admissions.
Clinical and diagnostic departments of the hospital include Medicine, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Laboratories, Radiology, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Polyclinic, Accident Centre and the Surgical/Medical Emergency as well as Pharmacy. Other Departments includes, Pharmacy, Finance, Engineering, General Administration.
Address: University of Accra, Guggisberg Avenue, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 302 674072, +233 302 673036
Email: info@kbth.gov.gh
Website: kbth.gov.gh/index.php?id=1
Medifem Hospital
Medifem Hospital specializes in infertility diagnosis and treatment for couples having problems conceiving naturally. The Hospital has a number of well-trained professionals including three gynaecologists in addition to the Medical Director, an Andrologist / Assisted Reproduction Technologist and other experienced and qualified staff. Medifem Hospital has a state-of-the-art ultrasound facility (3G), a theatre, labour suites, a dispensary, a laboratory facility and ultra-modern consulting suites.
Address: House No. C394, Blohum Street, Directly opposite Exclusive Men's , Wear Boutique, Dzorwulu, Accra
Tel: +233 21 779 566
Fax: +233 21 767 660
Email: info@medifemhfc.com
Website: medifemhfc.com
Nyaho Medical Centre
Nyaho Medical Centre was established in March 1970 as a clinic (i.e. Nyaho Clinic) by the late Dr. Kwami Nyaho Tamaklo, and ever since 2001, the current Managing Director, Mrs. Janet Tamaklo has maintained its legacy through a continued mission statement and increased vision.
Address: 35 Aviation Road, Airport Residential Area, P. O. Box 5224, Accra North Ghana
Tel: +233 302 775341, +233 302 775291, +233 302 784505
Fax: +233 302 777593
Email: info@nyahomedical.com
Website: nyahomedical.com
Rabito Health Services Ltd
Rabito Health Service Limited, a leading private health care provider in Ghana and Sub-Saharan African is 35 years old in health care delivery. Formerly known as Rabito Clinic Limited, Rabito was established in 1974 under the visionary leader and founder, Dr. Edmund N. Delle, after his sojourn in Italy to provide private health care in general medicine and specialist care in skin, hair and nail diseases (Dermatology) which will meet the total health needs of its clients at affordable but competitive charges. Rabito presently has 27 branches spread through the whole country at both regional and district levels with about 300 hundred staff.
Website: P.O. Box 7286, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 21 774 526
Fax: +233 21 777 465
Website: www.rabitohealthservices.com
Turst Hospital
Address: 35 Cantonments Road, Osu Re, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 21 761 974
Fax: +233 21 777 790
Military Hospital
Address: Neghelli Barracks, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 21 777 595
Fax: +223 21 773 981
North Ridge Clinic
Address: Near KLM Office, P.O. Box 7397, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 21 227 328
Christian Professional Fellowship (CPF)
Address: New Achimota, Burkina Faso Road, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 302 412234
Hobats Clinic
Address: Opposite Tesano GNTC, Achimota, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 21 220 833
Fax: +233 21 236 301


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