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Moving To Ghana: What You Need To Know

Aug 18, 2007
Ghana is a beautifully lush country with wild beaches and an unbeatable spirit. The people are friendly, the landscape is phenomenal, and the economy is growing rapidly. If you're moving to Ghana, you've made a wonderful choice.

Your informational needs will depend on whether you're returning home to retire, an investor looking to lay down roots, or simply moving to the region temporarily with a NGO or international business.

If you're not planning on immigrating, your legal needs will be minimal. Most temporary stays are covered by the more common Visas; Single Entry (Business/Tourist), Multiple Entry (3 mos - 1yr), Student Visa, and the Transit Visa. You will most likely need to apply for your Visa in advance, and the application process will depend on your native country. Most Visas are extendable.

If you're planning on immigrating permanently to Ghana, it's recommended that you enter the country first on a multiple entry visa, and then employ the services of a local immigration lawyer to arrange residential status. The Ghanaian legal system can be difficult to navigate, and the services of an experienced local advisor are invaluable.

Most temporary Ghanaian residents will rent their properties. There are many modern homes available, particularly in the capital. It's customary for a landlord to demand two years' rent up front. This is normal and expected, so be prepared for this expense. Decent houses and apartments in the capital will range from a few hundred dollars per month to several thousand, depending on the neighborhood and facilities. Popular upscale areas in Accra include Airport Residential, Osu, Cantonments, and Labadi.

If you simply need a month-to-month room and are unwilling to stay in a hotel or hostel, be prepared to tap into the 'ex-pat' circle, as the majority of this market is word-of-mouth. There are accommodations available, but you'll need to find a connection. Try your employer or embassy.

Due to rampant land claim litigations, purchasing your property can be tricky and it's always recommended to employ a local lawyer, and obtain third party confirmation of the land's status.

As for the logistics of furniture and household items, most products are available in Ghana, but imported goods will come at a premium. There are a number of inexpensive furniture manufacturers that make products using local materials. However, if you're looking for an upscale sofa or mahogany coffee table, it may be cheaper to import or ship it from home.

Always remember - Ghana is a beautiful country with a laid-back atmosphere and an embracing attitude. The first thing that you see at Kotoka International is the word 'Akwaaba' painted on the wall. It means 'welcome,' and it could very well be the national motto.
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