Terminal Drop-Off Charge

From 1 November 2021, a £5 charge will apply for vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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Changes to entering the UK using EU ID cards

From 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to use a valid passport to travel to the UK. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document to enter the UK, though some exemptions will apply. 

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    Though Accra is the smallest region in Ghana, it is by far the most densely populated. Founded in the 17th century, the city became an important Dutch port and the administrative capital for the British Gold Coast.

    Its long and colourful history has made Accra home to many significant cultural and historic sites, including Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Osu Castle, the WEB DuBois Memorial Centre, the National Museum, and the Artists Alliance Gallery.

    Jamestown is the oldest part of Accra, and is a busy harbour and fishing centre. The best time to visit is early in the morning, when small fishing boats bring in the day's catch. After that, visitors can explore old buildings such as the lighthouse, customs house, and the old colonial fort.

    For a relaxing day spent enjoying the Ghanaian sunshine, the most popular destination in Accra is Labadi Beach. The short stretch of sand is situated between two luxury hotels, and offers swimming and sunbathing, and local entrepreneurs provide everything from food and souvenirs to pony rides and dancing shows. A small entrance fee is charged for the beach, and a slightly higher rate includes access to the pool and sauna at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

    Accra is a growing metropolis, and there are several shopping malls and plenty of trendy restaurants to suit any taste. Osu, one of the city's suburbs, is a popular restaurant and nightlife hub in Accra, offering a wide variety of restaurants and bars around Oxford Street.

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    Accra lies just above the equator and enjoys a typical tropical climate, where the only marked season is a rainy season. Temperatures in the country are constantly high, ranging from a low of 70F (21C) in the coolest month of August to a high of 100F (38C) or more in March. Humidity adds to the discomfort during the rainy season, which is in April, May, June, September and October in the north of the country, and is felt most in the months of April, May, June, September and October in the south. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, affects northern Ghana from December to March, lowering the humidity and creating hot days and cool nights. The harmattan is felt in the rest of the country in January. The best time to visit Ghana varies depending on desired activities and region but, generally speaking, the dry months between November and April are the best, as they are slightly less hot and humid, the roads are in better shape, and there are fewer mosquitoes. During these months, the harmattan may blow but the wind helps reduce humidity, which can be a relief.

    Kotoka International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated seven miles (12km) from Accra city centre.
    Time: Local time is GMT.
    Transfer Between Terminals: The terminals are connected by a walkway.
    Getting to the city: Taxis are the best option for getting to the city centre and can usually be found in the car park outside the arrivals exit. The journey to the city centre can take anything between 25 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic. It is also possible to rent a car at the airport.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies have booths outside the arrivals hall.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available from the stand outside the terminal and usually park just outside the arrivals exit. They are unmetered so the fare should be agreed upon in advance.
    Facilities: Facilities include shops and duty-free shopping, lounges, snack bars, restaurants, ATMs and currency exchange services.
    Parking There is plentiful parking at the airport, and a designated drop-off area in front of the terminal.
    Website: www.gacl.com.gh

    Taxis are plentiful in Accra and can be hailed directly from the street. They're unmetered, so travellers should be prepared to negotiate the fare before getting into the vehicle; taxi drivers are notorious for trying to overcharge foreigners. Uber, Lyft, Ola and Didi are also available. Shared minibus taxis (tro tros) travel along set routes around the city. They're the cheapest and most popular means of getting around Accra, but not always the safest due to poorly maintained vehicles and erratic driving habits. Tro tro drivers will usually have an assistant who will yell out the destination as the tro tro approaches a stop. Car hire is available at the airport, and it's possible to hire a vehicle with a driver, which is often the best way of travelling around the city.

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