Certainly, it is important to prepare carefully for travelling into a tropical country, but according to our experience, many vaccination recommendations and warnings of the “dark continent’s” perils exaggerate the related health risks.
An international vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for entering Ghana. Malaria prophylactics are indispensable; you should also check (and possibly renew) your polio and tetanus vaccination. – For maximum protection you may also consider vaccination against cholera, hepatitis A (and B), tropical meningitis and typhus.
Detailed, carefully compiled health protection advice will be forwarded to you with the booking confirmation.
SPECIFIALLY ON COVID-19 IN GHANA:
Of course, Ghana is also affected by the coronavirus – but up to now far less than many other African and European countries: Although a “3rd wave” has also formed in Ghana since the end of July, the incidence rate has not yet risen above 13.8 and is currently (as of early September) at 11.
Certainly, this statistic does not capture all Covid 19 infections – but if it were grossly flawed, it would show up in a disproportionate increase in treatment cases and hospitalisations. However, this is not the case. Rather, the following factors are helpful in controlling the pandemic so far:
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ghana has kept all its land borders closed; entry is only possible via Accra airport with strict testing requirements.
- Intensive contact tracing is continuously carried out via the widespread mobile phones (unhindered by data protection concerns)
- The 1.2 million doses of vaccine that Ghana has received so far through the WHO Covax programme have been administered very quickly and efficiently to vulnerable groups. In September, almost 2.75 more vaccine doses will be available; at least 1.5 million more are expected by the end of the year. Even if this means that the European vaccination quotas will not yet be met by a long shot, the protection of the population against infection will improve
- A positive role is also played by the generally higher resistance of the population to virus infections: it already develops in children and adolescents, who are exposed to many more microorganisms and parasites than, for example, in Europe
- The fact that the climate in Ghana is warmer and sunnier and that people spend more time outdoors also helps to limit the risk of infection – similar to the European summer
THEREFOR A HOLIDAY IN GHANA IS BY NO MEANS A RISKY CORONA ADVENTURE – especially if you are sufficiently vaccinated yourself. And of course, in our travel offers, we make sure to offer you and our staff as much protection as possible – in the distance and mask rules at the KASAPA centre, in the choice of accommodation and attractions during the trip.
For preliminary considerations and more concrete planning of a Ghana holiday, our tour operator partner Ghana-Reisen will be happy to help you with detailed and up-to-date information.