The journey from Nigeria to Ghana is one of the most frequently asked about. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Nigerians and Ghanaians are very fond of each other, despite our Jollof wars. In recent years, there has been a greater influx of Nigerian tourists to Ghana than ever before. Ghana has amazing people, great street food, and fantastic tourist markets.
Are you planning a trip to Ghana? We’ve put together some information on what to expect and what you’ll need for the trip.
- Documents you’ll require Nigeria to Ghana
A valid international/ECOWAS passport and a yellow card are required to travel from Nigeria to Ghana by any means. It is highly recommended that you obtain your yellow card before traveling, as it is extremely important and can be used to extort money from you by officials. The yellow card costs about N1000 and can be obtained at the Port Health office near the international airport. It’s also a good idea to bring another form of identification, such as a driver’s license or a student/work ID, as well as your lodging information.
- Choosing a mode of transportation
A flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Accra, Ghana, takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. If you’re traveling by road, expect to be on the road for 17 to 24 hours (consider your bladder). The road trip from Nigeria to Ghana is long, but it’s a scenic route, so prepare yourself for an adventure. There are several options for crossing; if you choose to travel by road, you can either go directly with a transportation company or hire a taxi to take you. Hitchhiking is a great way to save money on a trip.
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- Money is in motion.
Hopefully, you’ve already planned your trip budget by this point. After you’ve determined how much money you’ll need, the best bet is to keep your naira in cash and prepare to exchange it for Ghanaian cedis at the Aflao border, which separates Togo and Ghana. Traveling with US dollars is also a good idea. After all, even if you don’t exchange them at the border, you can exchange them for cedis at any Bureau de Change in town because dollars are widely accepted. Some hotels accept USD as well, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that accepts Naira. It’s also crucial to keep track of exchange rates so you don’t get taken advantage of. Naira fluctuates wildly as well. It may be frightening to keep such large sums of money on hand, but unless you have a dollar Mastercard, your naira cards will not work in Ghana.
- Border crossing from Nigeria to Ghana
If you’re traveling by car, you’ll have to cross three borders. Borders between Lagos and Cotonou, Cotonou and Togo, and Togo and Ghana. Border crossing entails a great deal of anxiety, negotiation, and “settlement” particularly if you are a first-time traveler or have a “virgin” passport. If you use a transportation company, they will usually handle the crossing logistics for you. If you plan on crossing the border on your own, be prepared to pay a lot of money at each stop.
Have a fantastic trip from Nigeria to Ghana!