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.

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.

Important Notice – Please Read

  • Applications must be made not less than 1 (one) month from the date of intended travel. Please note that applications at short notice may not be processed.
  • Completed Visa Application Form must be printed, signed and uploaded with the other required documents.
  • Payment of the appropriate visa fee should be made into the Consulate’s account Butterfield Bank 0600077910014 using the Application Number as your reference.
  • The Honourary Consulate reserves the absolute right to refuse a Visa Application.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form through the link below.
  2. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email notification with an Application Number, Access Code and copy of your application form.
  3. Access the document portal using the link, Application Number and Access Code to upload the following;

  • Completed and digitally or physically signed Visa Application Form
  • 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.
  • Letter of consent needed from parent/legal guardian for persons under 18 years.

Note: The Honourary Consulate does carry out random checks on applications where it may require other documentation like Police Reports, proof of return tickets and any other relevant documentation that assists to administer your application. In such a case, the Consulate will contact the applicant separately to request for the required documentation.

After completing the online application processes 

  • The Consulate will notify you of a date to submit your passport at the Consulate’s Office on the Penthouse Floor, 129 Front Street, Hamilton.
  • The Consulate will subsequently notify you of their decision.
  • Your passport would be ready for collection within 48 hours of receipt depending on the volume of applications.

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.