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Procedures and practical informations

Time and deadlines
The attention of travelers is drawn to the fact that their presence is required at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Most companies close their check-in counters 45 minutes before departure time. Once you have checked in, it is also advisable to go immediately to the boarding gates, as police formalities may take a long time if several take-offs are scheduled at short intervals.
Arriving passengers must count an average of 30 to 40 minutes to complete the formalities of police and customs and to retrieve their luggage.
Entering the country and visas
Entering the Ghanaian territory by Accra-Kotoka International Airport requires for travelers other than Ghanaian citizens a passport valid more than 3 months after passing the police station. In addition, nationals of certain countries must obtain a visa in the nearest consular representation.
WARNING: bi-national passengers who can not prove their Ghanaian nationality (passport or ID card) are considered as foreigners.

See the page about visas and immigration

Your pet must be accompanied by a health certificate or vaccination card issued by a veterinarian from the country of origin, provenance or possibly transit. This certificate must indicate in particular the identification number and, where applicable, the description of the animal.

GOOD TO KNOW: Some animals are subject to regulations for the protection of endangered species. This is the Washington Convention better known as the "CITES Convention". Travelers bringing with them the species covered by the agreement must submit a CITES import permit to the Customs.

Airlines are particularly demanding on the allowed weight of luggage. To avoid problems at check-in counters, it is expressly required for travelers to check before their arrival at the airport if their baggage do not exceed the permitted allowance. In this case, expensive and non-negotiable luggage fees may be asked. In addition, it is recalled that the luggage must be strong enough to be handled and transported. Plastic bags are prohibited because they tear easily.
Health requirements
The yellow fever vaccine (made at least 10 days before your departure) is mandatory and the international vaccination certificate must be presented upon arrival. Babies younger than 9 months are exempt from this obligation.
Travelers coming from countries affected by certain epidemics (eg Ebola, H5N1, etc.) may have to undergo specific formalities: declarative form, body temperature...
Pregnant women are reminded that airlines each have a specific policy on the duration of pregnancy not to exceed to be allowed to travel. From the 7th month of pregnancy, flying may be prohibited or a medical certificate may be required. Please check with your airline to avoid being denied boarding.
In addition, passengers with a disability requiring assistance or special adaptation in flight must inform the airline to be picked up upon arrival at the airport.
Drugs and illegal or regulated products
Some products can not cross borders on arrival or departure. This is the case for weapons, munitions, narcotic drugs and psychotropic products, writings and videos and any object contrary to good morals and public order.

Hazardous products (firearms, explosives, corrosive products, pressure vessels, etc.) are generally prohibited or regulated. Please contact your airline to find out its policy on the transportation of these products.

See also the customs handbook for passengers

In addition, a strict control of narcotics is carried out by the police officers of the airport. The canine brigade allows regular cocaine seizure. Searches can be performed randomly on passengers.


See the customs handbook for passengers

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