Kente weaving in Ghana

Customs:

  • Ghanaians are conservative people and visitors should respect local customs, traditional courtesies and dress codes such as the following.
  • Greeting is an important social function and handshakes with the right hand are common.
  • Beachwear should be confined to the beaches.
  • Avoid receiving or giving things, pointing, waving and gesticulating with the left hand.
  • Visitors to remote villages or shrines should visit the local elder or priest and take a small gift such as a bottle of local schnapps.
  • Always seek permission before taking photographs of people.

Money:
All purchases in Ghana are in the local currencies. There are ATMs in all the cities, where cash withdrawals can be made in cedi equivalent.
There are foreign exchange bureaus (Forex) in all the major towns and cities in Ghana. They usually offer a slightly better rate than the banks and stay open longer.
The best currencies to bring to Ghana are US dollars, Euros and British pounds; other currencies are equally acceptable but at unfavourable exchange rates.

Euros are the best foreign currency to carry to Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and other French speaking African countries

Traveller checks are a bother. Though a few forex bureaus accept them, they are mostly acceptable in all major banks. Such as Ecobank, UBA, Zenith, Barclays, StanChart, etc.