GHANA AND MALAWI TOURISM

Posted on November 9, 2013

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Bradt edition 6 cover

I just posted this on the SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA
“GREAT NEWS! Just read that the 6th edition of the Bradt Guide to Ghana by Philip Briggs is coming out on December 13! Unfortunately, Ghana, it doesn’t seem like there will be any changes in the RED TAPE section regarding tourist visas….”

Well, I hope the INTRODUCTION to the 6th edition remains the same as the 5th’s published in July, 2010:

“As travel destinations go, Ghana is difficult to flaw. When a few years back, somebody coined the phrase “Africa for beginners” to describe Malawi that most land-locked of southern African countries, they might easily have been talking about Ghana. Today, doubly so. Not only can Ghana, like Malwai, be recommended without reservation to even the most nervous of first time independent travellers for being as amiable, affordable and hassle-free as practically any country on the African continent; just as importantly, Ghana boasts a travel circuit so varied and compact that it might almost be seen as offering a microcosmic first taste of Africa.”

WOW!LET’S HOPE THAT HAS NOT CHANGED

Now Bradt travel writer, Philip Briggs not only writes the GHANA guide, he writes the MALAWI guide as well. It is interesting to compare the two sections headed RED TAPE dealing with visas. Incidentally, ironically both Red Tape sections are on page 52 of the 6th edition of the MALAWI guide and page 52 of Edition 5.

Here’s the Malawi guide:

“A valid passport is required with an expiry date at least 6 months after you intend to depart Malawi. At the time of writing, visas are not required for stays of less than 90 days for holders of US, UK, and most, but not all, Commonwealth and EU passports (a full list is available at ………). If you fall into one of the categories, as almost all tourists do, you’ll get a free 30 day visitor’s pass on entry, extendable at any immigration office for MK5000 (about US$16 at the time of writing) per 30 days to a maximum of 90 days. Such rulings are subject to change, however, so it’s best to confirm this with one of the embassies listed below before you embark.”

Now GHANA:

“Visitors of practically all nationalities require a visa to enter Ghana.”

I need not continue further….

NOW READ ABOUT THE DISTINCTION ACCORDED MALAWI BY THE PRESTIGIOUS LONELY PLANET SITE ON OCTOBER 29, 2013.

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