Moving to Ghana

Country Guide

Country Guide: Ghana

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: November 22, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of valid passport with entry visa
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) – no express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed valued inventory French, signed, and dated by the owner of the goods
  • Letter from the employer stating that the client is starting a new contract in Ghana
  • PUBD form (personal unaccompanied baggage declaration) to be filled out at the airport of arrival
  • Failure to do so will attract heavy penalties and delays in Customs clearance
  • Invoice for the electrical and hi-fi appliances and for all the items bought less than 6 months before the shipment’s arrival

Specific Information

  • Diplomatic shipments can be imported duty free, provided that the diplomatic organization has received the exemption certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • To apply for this exemption, original documents are needed (including the original AWB) at least 14 days prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • Agents must have all Customs documents at least 15 days prior to the shipment’s arrival to Ghana in order to obtain the document for free entry.
    • “Diplomatic shipment” to be shown on the OBL / AWB.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Copy of purchase invoice
  • Certificate of ownership
  • OBL
  • Non-sale certificate

Specific Information

  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cylindrical power, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model of vehicle.
  • This information must also be available on at least one of the official car documents provided (certificate of ownership, car title, car invoice, etc.).
  • Cars up to 10 years can be imported in Ghana but will be taxed.
  • Right hand drive vehicles are banned.
  • Cylinder capacity below 1900 cc : 10% C.I.F. value (import duty).
  • Cylinder capacity below 2500 cc : add V.A.T. of 10% C.I.G. value and import duty.
  • Cylinder capacity over 2500 cc : add special tax of 17.5% CIF value = V.A.T. + import duty.

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit (from the veterinary head office in Accra)

Specific Information

  • Documents must be presented for pet entry into Ghana.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol (“Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and duty free (max 20 bottles)
  • Rough or uncut diamonds (license from the Ministry of Finance required)
  • Live plants and plant products (a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture is required)
  • Poultry products (permission from the Ministries of Trade and Agriculture is required for certain countries); contact agent for specific information.
Prohibited Items
  • Used refrigerator, used air conditioner, and used deep freezer regardless of owner of the goods’ status
  • Firearms and ammunition are permitted subject to authorization from the territorial administration
  • Unlawful drugs
  • Foreign cigarettes without warning notice
  • Mercuric medicated soap
  • Toxic waste, contaminated goods
  • Animals as well as plant and seeds infected with disease
  • Foreign soil
  • Pornography, defamatory, obscene articles or publications
  • Dangerous weapons (including flick and paper knives)
  • Alcohol and other spirits are allowed in reasonable quantity (maximum of 10 bottles. Duties will be levied for the excess)
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Ghana

Wikipedia Entry for Ghana