Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a visa to travel to Ghana?

If you are a National of one of the listed countries under the “Exempted Countries” list below, you do not need a visa otherwise you require a visa to travel to Ghana.

  • Citizens from ECOWAS States by virtue of The Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, the Right of Residence and Establishment (PROTOCOL A/P1/5/79); Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
  • Holders of Diplomatic, Service or Official Passports. Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Iran, Namibia. NB: Exemptions Category B above shall be for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from date of entry.
  • All nationals of the following countries: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Singapore, **South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

**Children with ordinary passports accompanying holders of diplomatic, service or official passports accredited to Ghana or South Africa are exempt from entry visa requirements.

What type of Visa should I apply for?

  • Transit Visa – If you are connecting flights to another destination and do not intend to enter Ghana.
  • Single Entry Visa – If you intend to enter Ghana once within the Visa validity period.
  • Multiple Entry Visa – If you intend to enter Ghana multiple times within the Visa validity period.

Am I required to apply for a visa in person?

Individuals aged between 14 and 79 are required to apply for a visa in person. Applicants who are under 14 and 80 and over or groups of more than three persons may apply through a nominated person with whom they are travelling.

What documents are required when applying for a visa?

Documents vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. Please visit our Visa Application page or see notes on the application form for more information.

What is the processing time for my application?

Visa applications take between 15 to 45 minutes from the start of the allocated appointment time.

What is the shortest Ghana Visa duration I can obtain if I want to enter Ghana?

The three month Single Entry Visa.

Can I apply for Visa On Arrival in Ghana?

This Visa policy is to cater for visitors/business people who travel at short notice from countries where Ghana has no mission or consulate or where a visa cannot or could not be obtained at short notice. If your circumstances qualify you for this Visa, then you can apply. Please note however that airlines my refuse to carry you unless you have evidence of the Visa.

Does the visa issued indicate the duration of stay in Ghana?

An Entry Visa will be issued to you but your duration of stay is determined by an Immigration Officer at your port of entry to Ghana.

Can I apply for a visa if my passport is valid for less than six months?

Yes. Please note however that some airlines may refuse to carry you unless you have more than six months on your passport so do check with your airline.

Can I use a valid visa in an expired passport?

Visas would ordinarily not be issued beyond the expiry date of your passport. If for some reason this happens, you can travel with your old passport provided you also have a new passport with you.

How many pages are required in a passport if travelling with a valid visa?

The Ghana Immigration Service recommends having at least one (1) blank page in your passport for the entry clearance stamp.

Are travel certificates or documents valid for travel to Ghana?

If the travel certificate or document states your nationality (if any) and is valid for travel to Ghana and return to the country of issuance, you may present it in support of a visa application.

Can my child travel on any of his/her parent’s passports?

No. You and your child will require individual passports. Please note that you will also be required to complete a visa application and pay application fees for both you and your child.

I have printed and signed my application form what is next?

You will need to submit your application with all the required supporting documents to the Consulate on the day of your Visa Appointment.

How do I make an appointment to submit my application?

Contact us to request an Appointment as soon as you make your plans to travel. Subject to the availability of the Honorary Consul, appointments are given to fall within a month of the date of intended travel into Ghana.

I am running late for an appointment what can I do?

Applicants who are running late should inform the Consulate as soon as they are able to. Alternatively, you may want to re-arrange the appointment for another date.

I have made errors on my visa forms, how can I amend it?

Any errors made on the form should be corrected before submission on the date of the Visa Appointment.

I have forgotten to bring with me some of the documents or evidence required for the Visa. What can I do?

Depending on the type of document(s) missing, you may have to re-arrange for an alternative date. In any case, do contact the Consulate for advise as soon as you are able to.

I missed my appointment what can I do?

Applicants who miss their appointments can request to schedule a new appointment by contacting the Consulate and requesting for a new appointment (subject to availability).

I have an emergency, how can I schedule an appointment?

You may request an expedited appointment if you have urgent medical or humanitarian need of travel and are unable to schedule an appointment that will accommodate travel. Please note that appointments are only available as the Honourary Consul’s schedule permits.

Are vaccinations required for travel to Ghana?

Yes you require evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that the World Health Organisation advises that vaccinations are now effective for life and therefore you only need to be vaccinated once.

My appointment for the Yellow Fellow vaccination is after my Visa Appointment.

You can show evidence of the vaccination appointment at the Visa Appointment. You must however ensure that vaccination takes place at least ten days before you travel and also you have the vaccination card with you as evidence.

The date in my Yellow Fellow vaccination card has expired. What do I do?

Your vaccination is still valid. You would just need to have it annotated at a Health Clinic where such cards are issued.

I am a businessman, journalist, film-maker, entertainer or athlete travelling to Ghana. What type of visa do I require? Are there any special requirements?

The classification of visa you require for travel to Ghana is determined by the purpose of the visit, not the profession of the traveller. For more information on the type of visa you require or special requirements, please contact us.

What Visas does a Ghanaian require to travel to Bermuda?

You require a multiple entry Visa (transit, visitors, work, students etc.) or proof of residence or citizenship for the United Kingdom, United States or Canada.

I have a valid Ghanaian Passport and a second nationality. Do I require a Visa or a Dual Citizenship Card?

You do not require a Visa if you are entering and leaving Ghana on your Ghanaian passport. Further to the decision in Asare v The Attorney General, obtaining the Dual Citizenship Card is not mandatory.