Expat tips for moving to and settling 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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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



Country Study


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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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