Ghana visit – getting a visa

Well, Sharan and I are off to Ghana a week tomorrow on our British Airways flight.  Last week, we visited the Ghana High Commission in Highgate Hill, N6 in order to hand in our visa applications.  I am so glad that we visited the High Commission in person since you cannot rely on the post these days, when I tried to ring them on the Tuesday nobody answerd the phone (I had thought of sending a courier with the passports) and also, once there, we took a ticket each and waited at least hour to hand in our application for a visa form (together with two passport photos, our passport, letter of invitation and postal order for £40).  The good news was that the official very competently checked our paperwork and it seemed that it was all in order and has given me a receipt and told me to come back a week later to collect both passports.

We have both been to see the travel nurse and are confident that our jabs are all up todate – I only needed a typhoid jab and a few extra malaria tablets.  The cholera jab was optional and as it cost £50, I decided not have it.   Sharan has informed me that we need to avoid any uncooked vegetables and not eat any fruits with their skins on, also avoid ice and only drink bottled water.

On the money front, you can only get the Ghanaian currency in Ghana so we will take some US dollars (a lot of prices quoted for rooms are in dollars) and get some cash at the airport on arrival.

The booking of accommodation is a slow process – answering emails seems to be very low priority.  Better get on the phone tomorrow to gee things up!

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