Whether travelling by road or by air, here are the major things you need to know when travelling to Ghana from Nigeria. In the past few years, there has been an influx of tourist from Nigerians to Ghana than ever before. Thinking of taking a trip to Ghana? We have compiled valuable information on what you should expect and things you would need for the trip.
Documents you need
To travel from Nigeria to Ghana by any means, you need a valid international/ECOWAS passport and a yellow card. It is very advisable to get your yellow card before travelling as it is very important and can be a means by which officials extort you. You can get the yellow card for about N2000 at the Port Health office close to the international airport. It is also advisable to have your another means of ID like a drivers license, voter’s card or a student/work ID, and your accommodation details.
Choosing your means of transport
A flight from Nigeria (Lagos) to Ghana (Accra) averages at 1 hour 10 minutes. However, if you are going by road, brace yourself for a full 17-24 hours on the move (consider your bladder). The journey from Nigeria to Ghana by road is quite a long one but it’s the scenic route, so brace yourself for the adventure.
Thinking about taking a road trip to Ghana from Lagos, Nigeria?
How Do I get to Accra from Lagos?
There are several options available to you. One option is to go with standard transport services. Most of the buses that ply this route have bus parks in Ajah, Yaba, Festac, etc. Another is to rent a car and a driver to take you down. You can find cars driving to Accra at Mile 2 in Lagos.
The last option is to rough it up and travel with regular public transport.
Which Bus Service Should I Travel to Ghana With?
This is entirely up to you. I’m not recommending anyone who isn’t paying me. hehe… Just kidding. I have tried out only ABC and I intend to go with another bus service when I get the chance but at the moment, I can’t recommend one.
PS: If you have travelled to Ghana using one of the standard buses, please feel free to share your experience and recommendation using the comment section.
Can I travel with my Car?
Technically, yes. I reached out to the good people of Twitter for more information on how to do this and got several responses. I am collating them and currently working on an article that would elaborate on this question.
What Documents Do I Need for a Nigeria Ghana Road Trip?
You need a valid International Passport and a Yellow Card to travel from Nigeria to Ghana. On rare occasions, immigration officers may ask for your accommodation details. It’s good to have that handy as well. Lastly, based on my personal experience, an extra ID may be useful. This could include your work or student ID or something that has your company credential on it (like a business card).
Can I Travel with an ECOWAS passport?
Yes, you can either travel with an ECOWAS passport or your international passport. This can be gotten from the immigration office closest to you.
Can I travel to Ghana without my International Passport?
You shouldn’t but I have seen people who constantly travel without one. I don’t think it’s worth the hassle. It’s just better to have the right documents.
Where can I get a Yellow Card? Can I travel without One?
Yellow Fever Cards can be gotten from the Port Health office close to the international airport. At the time of writing this post, this costs N2,000. This card is as important as your international passport and like the latter, you can (illegally) travel without it. But is it worth it? No. Sometimes, you end up paying more than what this card costs – this apart from the extortion charges you get.
An updated process of getting a yellow card in Nigeria (2021)
The process of getting a yellow card has been updated as follows;
- Visit https://yellowcardnigeria.com/
- Click on the ‘Register’
- Fill in your personal information
- Click “Pay Now” and generate a receipt
- Make a payment of N2,000 on the same page (or go to the bank) and print the payment confirmation
- Go to the Port Health office with the printed documents and a copy of your passport biodata page
- Payment will be confirmed and the vaccine and card will be given.
How Much Does a Nigeria Ghana Road Trip Cost?
You can escape almost all road-side border fees by taking a standard bus from Lagos. They manage all the border formalities on your behalf.
The standard road trip cost from Nigeria to Ghana starts from 25,000 naira as at the time of writing this post.
Should I Travel with Naira or USD?
Travelling with USD is always a good idea. It is universally accepted and you can easily find a BDC to get local currency. Some hotels would also accept payments in USD. Most won’t accept Naira. However, if you choose to travel with Naira, you can change money at the Aflao border. (Border between Togo and Ghana)
Would my Cards work in Ghana?
Sadly, this isn’t guaranteed. If you must travel with your cards alone, make sure you have a dollar MasterCard as well. Card policies in Nigeria change like the weather. You could even get caught up in a policy change while abroad.
Where Can I change my Money?
You can change Naira at any of the land borders between Seme and Aflao.
How Long is the Journey from Lagos to Accra?
What Should I Expect?
Expect to see gazillion checkpoints from Badagry to Seme. Expect the worst from Seme border. You might be lucky (or skilled) to get a stress free pass but prepare mentally, physically and financially for it.
At the time of writing this post, road conditions are fairly good. There isn’t much to write home about regarding views. Therefore, if you plan to travel by road solely because you want to enjoy the views, you might as well just fly. You won’t be missing anything.
The border crossing seems better with the opening of the new border control office.
Final Thoughts and Tips!!
Have journey management procedures in place. Know your route – familiarize yourself with Google Maps before leaving, know the major towns too. It’s an almost straight route along the coastline. The road signs in Benin and Ghana are good, just keep following them.
Take enough breaks and try as much as possible to avoid driving at night. Remember that Aflao border to Accra takes another 4 hours. If you get there late, you should find a hotel close by to sleep in. Lastly, take more money than you think you need to cover unforeseen expenses.
I hope this article answers all the questions you might have regarding a Lagos-Ghana trip. If you have any more questions for me, please leave them in the comment section below.