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Ghana Travel Requirements & Vaccinations

Located in West Africa, Ghana’s coastline spans the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Ranked by Forbes magazine as the eleventh most-friendly country in the world and the most friendly country in Africa, Ghana offers tourists a wide range of attractions and geographical variety, including:

  • A warm, tropical climate year-round
  • Diverse wildlife
  • Waterfalls, rivers, reservoirs and lakes
  • Palm-lined sandy beaches
  • Caves and mountains
  • Tropical rain forests

The country is mainly Christian and English is the primary language spoken, with French being the second most spoken language.

Required Immunizations for Ghana Travel: Yellow Fever Vaccine

By law, anyone entering Ghana must be able to produce proof of their yellow fever vaccination. UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine will provide you with an official certificate of vaccination.

Additional Vaccines That May Be Recommended

*Rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for very high risk travelers given that it is completely preventable if medical attention is received within 7 – 10 days of an animal bite.

Travelers may also be advised to ensure they have received the routine vaccinations listed below. Some adults may need to receive a booster for some of these diseases:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
  • Chickenpox
  • Polio
  • Influenza

Older adults or those with certain medical conditions may also want to ask about being vaccinated for shingles and/or pneumonia.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a travel medicine professional. Not all of the vaccines listed here will be necessary for every individual.

Talk to the experts at UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health to determine how each member of your family can obtain maximum protection against illness, disease and injury while traveling, based on age, health, medical history and travel itinerary.