Partners from around the world joined the Clean Cooking Alliance and the Government of Ghana for the Clean Cooking Forum 2022 in Accra. Ghana and its neighbors across West Africa are a driving force behind the momentum building across the clean cooking ecosystem globally. Learn more about the Forum and how to arrange for your travel below.
As the leading conference destination in Ghana, the Kempinski Hotel in Accra is conveniently located in the downtown business district near many government and corporate offices.Learn More
The Kempinski is in close proximity to the Accra International Conference Centre and the National Theatre, as well as to additional Forum lodging options, including the Movenpick and the Accra City hotels.Go to Maps
Most foreign citizens wishing to travel to Ghana need a visa. Holders of diplomatic passports and citizens of ECOWAS countries and select others are exempt; please check the full list of exempt countries here.
The responsibility of obtaining a visa lies with the participant. Holders of regular, non-diplomatic passports should apply for a single-entry tourist visa; a business visa is not required.
Visa requirements may vary slightly based on nationality and country of application. For the latest updates, please consult Ghana’s online visa application portal. If you experience any technical difficulties accessing this platform directly, please search for the Ghanaian embassy or high commission through which you will be applying for a visa (e.g., for the United States or Kenya) and access the platform via those websites. Click here to find a list of Ghanaian Missions abroad. For any specific questions, please refer to the live chat function that can be found once you enter the visa application platform, in the lower right-hand corner of the webpage.
Visas applications must be submitted via the online platform as well as printed and mailed to the relevant embassy or consulate. Once the online application is completed, the online platform will generate a bespoke checklist with all the application materials that need to be submitted by mail.
Please ensure sufficient time for visa processing and mailing (at least two weeks for expedited service and at least four weeks for regular service).
Basic requirements for a single-entry tourist visa:
- A passport that is valid for at least 6 months and contains at least one blank page
- A recent passport photo in color
- Proof of yellow fever vaccine
- Proof of Covid-19 vaccine
- Payment of visa processing fee (US $60 for regular processing and $100 for expedited)
- Completed application form
- Letter of invitation (can use your confirmation of registration for the Forum)
- Names and contacts information of references in Ghana (can use contact details from hotel reservation and Forum registration)
- An undertaking that the host will ensure that the visitor complies fully with immigration laws of Ghana (can use your confirmation of registration for the Forum or hotel reservation)
- Proof of prepaid return envelope
- Hard copies of all documents listed above, mailed to the relevant embassy or consulate
General Travel Information
Foreign visitors entering Ghana must possess a passport valid for at least six months after their date of entry into Ghana, with at least one blank page. Please visit the “Destination” page as well the Government of Ghana’s online visa application portal for more details.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have determined that Ghana has an unknown level of COVID-19 risks. Visit the CDC’s Ghana page for the latest health information related to your travel. Participants applying for visa to Ghana must submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card.
Yellow Fever Vaccination:
The government of Ghana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever. Please be sure to travel with your vaccination booklet or other documentation. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website.
Drinking bottled water at all times is strongly recommended.
Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra is offering a daily rate of $230 for a deluxe/superior room (single occupancy). To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30 with the details of your request, specifying your attendance at the 2022 Clean Cooking Forum and the special rate mentioned above.
Accra City Hotel is offering a daily rate of US $130 for a standard room (single occupancy), US $150 for a superior room (single occupancy) and US $160 for a twin room (double occupancy with two beds). This offer is valid through the duration of the Forum. To book, please email email@example.com with the details of your request, specifying the conference code UNGLITZAFRICA2022 and the special rate mentioned above by September 30.
Kempinski Gold Coast City Accra Hotel is offering a daily rate of US $295 for a superior room (single occupancy), US $320 for a deluxe room (single occupancy), and US $395 for an executive room (single occupancy). To book, click on this link and make a reservation by September 7.
Visitors may exchange currency upon arrival in Ghana. Foreign currencies may be converted into Ghanaian cedi at foreign exchange counters at the Accra airport. These outlets are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also find foreign exchange desks at star-rated hotels. Travelers’ cheques may not be accepted at all banks or hotels.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) dispense cash throughout the city. Although these machines are linked to a specific local bank, many major credit and debit cards, both domestic and international, should be accepted, with Visa and Mastercard being the most common. Kindly note that certain credit cards, such as American Express, may not be accepted at certain ATMs or local establishments.
In Ghana the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Wall sockets accept “type D” plugs with three round pins in a triangular pattern or “type G” plugs with three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.
Most hotels offer complimentary airport pickup and drop off: please follow up with a hotel representative once you have booked your accommodation. In addition, taxis are readily available across Accra and may be booked upon arrival at the airport; from a hotel’s concierge desk (fares vary); and by being hailed on the street. Ride-hailing apps such as Uber, Bolt, and Lyft are operational in the city but cannot be guaranteed. Travelers are encouraged to use their best judgement when arranging transportation.
The Forum organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel, or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies before departure from their countries.
Ghana follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The country code for Ghana is “233.” The city code for Accra is “21.” All mobile numbers contain 10 digits, starting with “0” if calling locally.
In Ghana, mobile carriers use GSM systems. Please contact your mobile service provider to check their roaming partners and tariffs in Ghana. Local SIM cards may be purchased for unlocked mobile phones, but this requires visiting a mobile phone provider in person and providing passport information to officially register a SIM card.
Tipping in Ghana is not expected but is appreciated. A suggested rate for tipping is 10%. Tipping should always be done in Ghanaian cedi.
The average high temperature in Accra, in October, is 29.1°C (84.4°F), while the average low temperature is 24.5°C (76.1°F). The average relative humidity in Accra, in October, is 82%.
Most visits to Ghana are trouble free, but criminal activity does occur and can range from incidents of petty crime to violent crime. Participants are advised to observe normal safety precautions when moving around the city. In particular: Watch your luggage and other belongings; inquire at your hotel reception desk about the use of safe deposit boxes; avoid walking around after dark, especially in isolated areas; avoid carrying large amounts of cash; don’t wear expensive watches, jewelry, or items of sentimental value; and carry a form of ID with you at all times (a copy of your passport is normally acceptable).