Each year, an advance trip to preview the honored country is organized. Memphis in May International Festival Board Chair Charles Ewing and James L. Holt will lead the trip to Ghana from March 11-19 2020.
Those interested in the trip may download the trip brochure or call the Memphis in May International Festival office at 901-525-4611 for more information.
How to Prepare for the Trip
A US Passport with an expiration date greater than 6 months from the date of departure from Ghana must be in effect. A Ghana Travel visa will not be issued to a traveler whose passport has 6 months or less before expiration.
A Visa is required to enter Ghana. The following link is to the Ghanaian Embassy website for visa application information. https://www.ghanaembassydc.org/visas
It is easy to complete the visa application online. After doing so, the next step is to prepare and mail the necessary items to the embassy along with the traveler’s original passport. Once you are fully paid and registered for the MIM2020 trip, we can issue you a travel letter to submit with your visa application. Please plan to allow enough time before the trip to complete this process (Suggested submission by February 3, 2020).
Every US traveler entering Ghana must also have an Immunization Card issued by the US Center for Disease Control and updated to reflect the most current dates of the required Yellow Fever Vaccination. This is mandatory to enter Ghana.
(Please be aware that travelers over 60 years of age must have a note or a written prescription from their doctor that they may receive a yellow fever vaccination.)
The medical professional at your local Health Department or the Shot Nurse may also recommend the following vaccinations based on your own medical history:
- Polio Vaccinate booster
- Measles booster
- Hepatitis A and/or Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal disease
No appointment is necessary at the Shot Nurse at Poplar and Perkins but you will need to visit on a weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. as the Yellow Fever vaccination is not available on Saturday or at any of their other locations.
You will be issued a yellow immunization card; plan to carry it with your passport as it is required for entry.
In addition, Malaria is still very common in Ghana and it is highly recommended that be on some type of Malaria prevention regime at least a day prior to departing for Ghana, while in Ghana, and several days after leaving Ghana.
The following link will take you to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and additional health/travel info. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/ghana.aspx.
Additional Web Links
The following link will take you to the US State Department website with the timeliest info on Ghana re: health, safety, visa, immunization, etc.
The following link will take you to the US State Department website that will give you extensive statistics and history for Ghana.
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