Ghana zip code or Ghana postal code remains a mystery to many citizens. In this article, I will provide fact-checked answers to this question that many find difficult to respond.
If you usually perform transactions online, then you must have come across zip codes when filling any form. Wherever you are in Ghana, be it Ho, Kumasi, Accra, Sunyani or Tamale, you might be required to enter a postal district at most online shop outlets for conveyance to be affirmed. This is how important this little information can be when you need a service or product delivered to you.
Zip code is an abbreviation for Zone Improvement Plan, is a developed system that facilitates mail delivery from one region to another. The unique identity is made up of five and/or nine coded digits that come immediately after the address digits. The five digits at the beginning show the postal zone, as well as the state, and is referred to as the initial codes. The expanded codes are the last four digits. They indicate the rural route region, building, or the specific location that the mail is to be delivered.
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Postal codes were endorsed in Ghana on 18 October 2017, following the launch of the National Digital Address System through a collaboration between Ghana Post (with support from the Government of Ghana) and Vokacom Ltd as GhanaPost GPS, the Digital Address System assigned postal codes and unique addresses to every square in Ghana. Each postal code is divided into two parts: the postcode district and postcode area.
Now that we know what these terms actually mean, let’s focus on addressing the confusion of many Ghanaians in my top 5 fact-checks.
1. Zip, Post, Postal codes: What is the difference?
Whether you choose to call them zip, post, or postal codes, they refer to the same thing. The only difference lies in how different states in the world refer to them. Some countries like the United States refer to them as zip, while other countries prefer to use postal or postcodes.
2. What is Ghana zip code?
The most widely recognised zip codes in Ghana are 00233, 23321, or 233+ but what is the actual Ghana zip code? Ghana zip codes or postal codes represent a lot of code that is utilised in sending letters, presents and conveyances in different areas. Ghana does not have official postal codes so using the ones stated above doesn’t make it illegal ( it simply just not approved).
In Ghana, we have GhanaPost GPS app, which should provide you with your current location Ghana Zip Code or Ghana Postal Code. The app is a simple addressing system for every Ghanaian who downloads and install the app on their smartphone.
3. What is not Ghana Zip Code?
Note, 233 is not Ghana zip code or Postal code, it is Ghana International Calling Code which is only used in Ghana. I know that some of you will be asking what to use when filling a form online or when shopping online, the best option is to download the GhanaPostGPS app.
4. How to generate the zip code of your location in Ghana?
Since Ghana does not have official postal codes, we use the National Digital Addressing system initiate via the GhanaPost GPS app to generate accepted zip codes for a precise location such as our home or office location.
The app gives a unique addressing system of 5×5 and this applies to every region in the nation. Citizens are encouraged to use this unique number.
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Sample generated Ghana zip codes using the app:
- North Ridge – GA015 – GA017, GA028 – GA031, GA052 – GA054, GA076, GA080
- West Ridge – GA050, GA051, GA077, GA107
- Gold Coast City – GA078, GA079, GA110, GA111
- Osu – GA032, GA035, GA055, GA056, GA081, GA082, GA112 – GA115, GA146 – 148
- Victoriaborg – GA143 – GA145, GA184 – GA186
- Asylum Down – GA027, GA028, GA048, GA049, GA073
- Adabraka – GA050, GA074 – GA076, GA100 – GA103
- Tudu – GA105, GA106, GA141, GA142
5. How to use the zip code to get your packages delivered to you?
Using these zip codes as generated by the app is not enough to get a package delivered to you, one is required to be very specific by including the name of the area in addition to a well-known landmark. Bear in mind that these numbers could be similar and as such, some level of confusion could arise. However, with a distinct landmark to back it up, chances of such mistakes are eradicated completely.
In any case, when you are filing a form, and you are asked to provide your zip or postal code, you should be quite certain. The Ghana Postal Code alone won’t convey the package to you. You have to incorporate your zone name just as important landmarks on the off chance that you don’t believe your home address.
If you always get confused when asked to provide your zip code or your postal code either on a shopping website(E-commerce) or while filling an online form, this article has provided all you need to know about Ghana zip code.