Ghana Announces New Immigration Policy

ghanaVery soon it will be easier to travel to Ghana.

In March of this year Ghana President John Mahama announced a new program in hopes of stimulating trade, investments, and tourism called visa on arrival starting in July.

Speaking during the nation’s 59th independence anniversary President Mahama had this to say, “We will be allowing citizens of African Union (AU) Member States to enter our country and obtain visas on arrival with the option to stay for up to thirty days and experience what our country has to offer…”

Per the Ghana Immigration Service this visa policy was created to cater to visitors and business people who travel at short notice from countries where Ghana has no mission or consulate. This policy authorizes visas to be granted on arrival at the airport or other entry points subject to specific immigration requirements.

Requirements for emergency entry visas are as followed:

  • An application letter from the host, stating where the traveler is coming from (If the host is a Company/Organization, it must be on company letterhead).
  • State where the traveler is going to lodge.
  • How the traveler is entering the country (KIA, Aflao, Elubo, or Paga).
  • How long the traveler is going to stay.
  • A photocopy of the traveler’s passport (Biodata page).

Currently only citizens of 15 African countries that belong to the Economic Community of West African States have free entry into Ghana. With this new program citizens from all 54 AU member states will be eligible for the visa on arrival.

For more information go to the visiting Ghana home page.

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