Ghana visa requirements for South Africans

Travel and visa requirements

Ghanaian Visa is not required for South Africans

Stay Duration: 30 days

Entry Requirements

  • South Africans passport holders looking to visit Ghana for up to 30 days can do so by applying for a visa on arrival.
  • Intending visitors' passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ghana.
  • Visitors who would like to extend their stay would have to provide two passport photographs, a valid passport and a return ticket for the application process.
  • The processing fee for an emergency entry visa is $150 and the transit visa is $20.
  • Intending visitors can get to Accra, Ghana from any international airport in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.
  • South African Airways, Qatar Airways, Air Namibia, British Airways, are some of the carriers that fly from South Africa to Ghana.
  • The estimated flight time from Johannesburg to Accra is 6 hours, 5 minutes, it is 9 hours, 30 minutes from Cape Town, and 9 hours, 5 minutes from Bloemfontein.
  • The Ghanaian cedis is Ghana’s official currency and is easily obtainable with United States Dollar bills, Euros and UK Pounds at various exchange outlets.
  • ATMs are available in many parts of Ghana, and credit/debit cards are accepted in many high-end hotels, boutiques and other business outlets.
  • Ghana’s climate which is tropical varies depending on the side of the country; in the eastern coastal belt, the weather is warm and dry, hot and humid in the south-west, and constantly hot and dry in the north.
  • The best time to visit Ghana is between November-March when there is less rainfall, and every part of the country is accessible.
  • Ghana’s numerous natural and historical beauties put it out as a great place for tourists and visitors looking to experience the richness of nature and to discover new cultures.
  • Ghana uses the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which makes South Africa two hours ahead of it. 
  • Power sockets and plugs used in Ghana are of type D and G. The standard supply voltage is 230 V, with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.
  • Christianity, Islam and other traditional faiths make up Ghana’s diverse and vibrant religious landscape.
  • Getting around in Ghana is possible with public buses, taxis, car rentals, motorcycles, etc.
  • Ghana is home to an interesting, unique and fascinating culture and history. Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ghana's cuisine like?
The ideal Ghanaian cuisine is made up mostly of starchy staple foods, sauces and soups.

Is Ghana expensive to visit?

Ghana is not completely inexpensive for visitors and tourists.

What is Ghana famous for?

Aside from its Kente cloth, Ghana is famous for its gold, chocolates, diamonds, cuisine, etc.

Popular Ghanaian dishes?

Fufu, Waakye, Kelewele, Kenkey, Palm-nut soup, are some of Ghana's most popular dishes.

Is Ghana safe for visitors?
Ghana is a relatively safe and stable country with low crime rates, however, there are reports of occasional mugging, petty theft, etc and visitors are advised to take caution and not walk alone at night.