Visa Application

Entry Requirements for Ghana

All visitors to Ghana must be in possession of valid passports with not less than six (6) months’ validity. All visitors entering Ghana who are not exempt, must have valid entry visas issued by a Ghana Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad or any other visa-issuing authority mandated by the Ghana Government to act on its behalf.

ECOWAS nationals and those of other countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements are exempted.

Requirements for Visa Applications

  • Download onto your desktop and complete the electronic Visa Application Form below.
  • Once the form is uploaded, you will receive a notification with an Application Number and Access Code.
  • Pay the appropriate visa fee into the Consulate’s account using the Application Number as your reference. Butterfield Bank 0600077910014 

Access portal to upload electronic documents

  • Access the document portal using the link, Application Number and Access Code to upload the following;
  • Electronic passport photograph
  • Letter of invitation from Ghana with evidence of  host’s proof of residency or citizenship e.g. Ghana Card or Passport (if applicable).
  • Letter of introduction from traveller’s firm/employer (if applicable).
  • Evidence of hotel or accommodation booking (if applicable)
  • An international certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever.
  • Copy of passport data-page.
  • Copy of evidence of payment of Visa fee.
  • Proof of return or through ticket or evidence of booking.
  • Letter of consent needed from parent/legal guardian for persons under 18 years.
  • Any other relevant documentation that assists the Consulate to administer your application.

After completing the online application processes and payment confirmed

  • The Consulate will notify you of their decision.
  • If successful, you will be given an appointment to deposit your passport at the Consulate Office on the Penthouse Floor, 129 Front Street, Hamilton.
  • A deposit receipt will be issued.
  • Your passport would be ready for collection within 48 hours of receipt depending on the volume of applications.
  • You will receive an email to alert you when the visa is ready.
  • You will sign a received receipt when you pick up your passport.

All documents issued by Ghanaian authorities should be legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra and the Judicial Service before presentation.

The electronic PDF form below should be downloaded onto your computer, and opened using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please note that it would not work in a web browser. You can download and install a free version of Adobe by clicking here.

Conditions for the Issuance of Visas

  • Applicant’s passport must have validity of at least six (6) months after the date they intend to leave Ghana.
  • Visas may be granted to visitors to Ghana for tourism, business or transit purposes.
  • Visas may be granted for single or multiple entry.
  • Visas must be utilised within three (3) months of the date of issue. Visas valid for up to one year may be granted for specific purposes.
  • Visitors are required to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever at least Ten(10) days from the proposed date of entry into Ghana.
  • Visa application fees are non-refundable whether your application is successful or not.
  • Visitors travelling on business are required to furnish evidence of the fact, while those travelling at the invitation of Ghanaian nationals/residents or Ghanaian institutions should provide a letter of invitation from their hosts.
  • Visitors must have proof of a return or through ticket or evidence of booking.
  • Persons who enter the country as visitors are not permitted to take up employment even if there happens to be a vacancy on the Immigrant Quota of a prospective employer.
  • Travellers are advised to have all the necessary documents before arriving in Ghana.
  • Children travelling with or without their parents, must have their own passport or travel document, together with a letter of consent where applicable.
  • Additional requirements are needed for journalists and/or film crew who are covering events or shooting films in Ghana. Contact us for more information.

Application Processing

The Visa Application process only commences upon receipt of all the required required supporting documents submitted through the online portal. The Consulate reserves the right to require other documentation from applicants.

Standard Visa Applications take 10 to 15 working days from the start of the application process. Applicants are advised to submit Visa Applications at least 1 (one) month before the intended date of travel.

Persons entitled to enter Ghana without a Visa

  • Category A: 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.
  • Category B: Holders of Diplomatic, Service or Official Passports. Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Namibia, China, South Africa, Sudan, Hungary, India, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, St Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Venezuela, Malta, Hong Kong (Diplomatic Only), Turkey (Diplomatic Only) and Qatar (Diplomatic Only). NB: Exemptions for this category shall be for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from date of entry.
  • Category C: All nationals of the following countries: Jamaica, Kenya, Singapore, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles, Barbados, Rwanda, Guyana and St. Vincent and Grenadines.
  • Category D: Holders of passports of Regional Economic Communities in Africa and the African Economic Community, African Union, United Nations and its Specialised Agencies, The World Bank and the African Development Bank.
  • Category E: All persons in direct airside transit are exempt from visa requirements.

Prohibited Migrants

The under-mentioned categories of persons are prohibited immigrants:

  • A person of unsound mind.
  • A person considered to be a security risk.
  • A person against whom there is a deportation order in force.

Covid Related Entry Requirements

The entry, transit requirements and restrictions in place due to the Covid pandemic do regularly evolve. Please use the link below to guide you as to the most likely current rules. Do always confirm with your airline as to the requirements at the time of your travel.