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Your Top Questions About Moving To Ghana Answered
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?
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?
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?
What jobs do most expats work while living in Ghana?
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:
I work online, where should I consider for the most stable Wifi connection?
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.
Number one advice for expats making the move?
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.