Your Top Questions About Moving To Ghana Answered
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Your Top Questions About Moving To Ghana Answered

Ghana , Accra , Ghana , The Black Expat
Amara Amaryah
Amara Amaryah Mar 18, 2022

Ghana has been a top destination for Black travelers for a minute, but we’re starting to see an increasing amount of Black travelers sharing questions about moving to Ghana. With the huge success of the ‘Year of Return’, many across the Diaspora are looking to set up lives in Ghana. We gathered the top questions asked about moving to Ghana so you can know everything before making the big jump.

Where are the top locations for Black expats moving to Ghana?

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Ghana is a treasured expat location because it offers so much. That being said, where you want to live depends much on your lifestyle, budget and the side of Ghana you want to experience. As with most countries, the expat and touristy areas are usually the most expensive (usually closer to U.S. prices for monthly rent) but they also have more shops and things geared towards foreigners which allows for an easier transition. For smaller crowds, less traffic and fresher air there are options available outside of Accra or other business cities. Here are a few favorite expat spots:

  • East Legon, a suburb in Accra
  • Osu, central Accra
  • Tema, on the coast/ on the Bight of Benin
  • Asebu, Central region (greener option)
  • Kumasi, southern Ghana in the Ashanti region

 

How difficult is it to visit neighbouring countries from Ghana?

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It isn’t necessarily difficult but it can definitely be costly. This of course depends on the country you’re planning on visiting but costs ramp up in terms of tourist visas and flights. Once land and sea borders reopen, this could bring down costs and open up easier travel avenues.

What is the easiest way to find housing when you arrive?

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Most people use an app called jiji.com.gh (similar to Craigslist) or Airbnb initially. After that it is all about who you know. Ghana is a great place to network and get familiar with the rhythm of the local community – joining expat groups on Facebook or asking around is going to be a savior.

What jobs do most expats work while living in Ghana?

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While there are several Digital Nomads in Ghana, the general feeling is that expats in Ghana create jobs or start businesses while living in the country. Entrepreneurial minds will appreciate Ghana in this sense – here are a few business ideas that expats tend to settle into:

Accommodation
Daycare and Childcare Facilities
Dry Cleaners/Laundromats
Hair Extensions and Wig Makers
Personal Shopping and Errand Running
Cleaning Business
Restaurants with international cultural foods
Expats coming to Ghana should always spend enough time in the local community to get a sense of whether the service already exists, is needed and above all, will be accessible to local Ghanaians as well as expats. Offering ways to genuinely contribute to the land is the kind of entrepreneurial energy that avoids exploitation.

I work online, where should I consider for the most stable Wifi connection?

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It is good to know that Ghana is generally considered to be the best country in Africa in terms of great internet speeds. Being ranked number consistently, Ghana’s fixed broadband is the fastest in Africa. Saying that, Accra – Osu or Cantonment- would be great options.

Are there any specific items I'd be better off bringing over to Ghana?

  • Prescription medication and Tylenol, Imodium, bug spray with DEET, midol, etc
  • Certain feminine products/brands you may not find in Ghana (tampons, menstrual cups/pads)
  • A quality flashlight for the “occasional” black outs
  • Your favorite make-up brands
  • Your favorite sunscreen
  • Extra phone charger – some expats claim the ones the buy in Ghana don’t work the same…
  • Organic products/vitamins and supplements – they can be pricey in Ghana
  • Good hangers unless you’re OK with the wire ones…

What type of visas are available when visiting to Ghana?

There are several types of tourist visas available for your initial visit.

Ghana has 4 types of visa types and process for individuals or groups intending to visit the country. The options are:
Single Entry Visa – Regular Service – $60
Single Entry Visa – Expedited Service – $100
Multiple Entry Visa – Regular Service – $100
Multiple Entry Visa – Expedited Service – $200
Note that there are a few Caribbean territories that don’t require a visa, so if traveling with a Caribbean passport, that could also be an option.
To stay and officially live in Ghana you need a residency permit and Non-Citizen identification card.

Number one advice for expats making the move?

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There is a lot of wisdom on offer for expats looking to make the move to Ghana, but by far the word of the day is ‘patience’. Patience in adjusting, in settling into the new environment, in planning, in driving and getting used to transportation in Ghana, and in the way you interact with the people you meet on this new journey.

The trick is to not expect to find a replica of home in Ghana. Instead see what you can learn as well as what you can offer and patiently wait to see how that manifests into a new way of being for you.

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