Aflao Things to Do
When traveling overland with bus or car you have to get off at Aflao station in Ghana and walk the 300 meters to the border of Togo.
You will meet many people on the way to the border who want to do business with you, change money or carry your baggage. If you havn't changed money to CFA, do it now.
Don't follow the africans when you are approaching the border because they don't need all the paper work as you have to do. First you need to get the Ghana exit stamp in the left building before you cross the border. Just fill out the exit-declaration form and give it to the Ghana immigration officer.
Then you walk to the Togo immigration on the right side at the border. Visa on arrival at Lomè border will be issued for a 7 days stay. The price is 10000 CFA (15 USD). The immigration officer will give you an A4 declaration form. Fill it out and deliver it together with your passport and 10000 CFA. Beware that some immigration officers will ask for a dash bribe (1000-5000 CFA). Play stupid and tell them you don't understand, but be polite. They can make some hassle.
The Ghana immigration office is to the left in the picture (yellow arrow). The Togo immigration office is to the right in the picture (red arrow).Related to:
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To and fro Aflao
To go to Accra, you can take a private car, it will cost you 300000 cedis.
Or, take a taxi to the STC bus station and take a good bus, you will pay 20000 cedis.
You can also take a trotro, it is very dangerous on a so short distance, so I discourage you to use this.Add to your Trip Planner
Street sellers: Aflao border market
The border area of the town is a markedplace for people trading goods between Ghana and Togo. Some places along the street to the border is very hectic. The gravel street was wet and muddy when I was there.Related to:
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Aflao Warnings and Dangers
When I travel around Ghana on my motorcycle I always stop at the SHELL station by the airport in Accra and purchase a few containers of dry gas/fuel. I try to only buy gas at SHELL or TOTAL gas stations. If you're off the beaten path and purchase fuel at other stations I've found that there is a good chance that there may be water in the gas. You...more
Be careful to the filling stations.The second filling station after the curve, going to Accra (I don't remember the name).The managers are mixing petrol with cheap products in order to increase their profit.It can really damage your car.Take petrol to other filling staations, to be sure take petrol on the left side of the road, when you are driving...more
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Change of currencies
Around all borders in the world, there are people and forex offices offering you to change your currencies.
If you want to buy CFA, have some dollars or Euros or Pounds, with a preference for dollars.
Check the rate on Internet before.
They will always start by giving you a very bad rate, for instance if rate is 550 for 1$, they bid you 200.
Second cheat: they try to give you less banknotes.
Third cheat: when you give them your banknotes, they go to check that it is not a fake one, change yours with a fake one and come back to tell that you gave them a fake banknote.
Unique Suggestions: 1) Check the rates on Internet or in Accra.
2) Give your banknotes when you have their banknotes in your hand and when you are sure that you have the correct amount. Count at least three times to be sure.
3) Show them that you write the number of the banknotes on a pice of paper. If they come back with another banknote, you can prove they changed it.
Fun Alternatives: In Lome, there are a lot of banks where you can change. (you cannot change cedis there) So, for your first small expenses, change a minimum and go to Lome.Add to your Trip Planner
Aflao Off The Beaten Path
A lot of goods are cheaper or better in Lome than in Accra: alcohol for instance.You find more in supermarkets in Lome, so I often go to Lome for shopping.Unfortunately, I should pay taxes on what I bring. I already pay too much taxes to police, customs, etc, so I ask a local guy to carry my bags with my food and bottles. As a local Ewe, they don't...more
If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.
You will meet people on the way to the Togo border who want to change money for you. If you havn't changed your Cedis to CFA, do it now. You will need CFA as soon you cross the border to Togo. Make sure you are not fooled by the traders. They are smart people and you are probably tired after the travel from Accra. Check if the rates is correct...more
Back to Ghana.You just have to follow the order of the other tips, however the Ghanaians ask for you vaccination card. Once I forgot it in Ghana and when I came back I was in trouble. Fortunately, I could show my Ghanaian residence permit. It is possible because of the confusion of the organisation to cross without showing your passport. But you...more