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

  • Complete the electronic Visa Application Form
  • Upload an electronic recent passport-sized photo.
  • Pay the appropriate visa fee.

Upload electronic copies of the following documents

  • 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.
  • Photocopy of passport data-page.
  • Proof of return or through ticket or evidence of booking.
  • Letter of consent needed from parent/legal guardian for persons under 18 years.

After completing the online application

  • Deposit your passport at the front reception of the Bermuda International Institute of Ophthalmology on the 2nd Floor of 129 Front Street, Hamilton
  • Obtain a deposit receipt.
  • You will receive and email to alert you when the visa is ready.

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. 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 your passport and the confirmation that all the required required supporting documents have been submitted through the online portal.

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

Below are the entry and transit requirements and restrictions in place due to the Covid pandemic.

  • Passengers must complete a Port Health Declaration Form at https://www.ghs-hdf.org/hdf/ before arrival.
  • Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
  • Passengers must validate their negative Covid-19 PCR test results through the Global Haven Partnership website –  www.globalhaven.org before travel.  Passengers are also strongly encouraged to sign up for accounts at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org.
  • The test result must have a QR code obtained from the either of these two websites;  www.globalhaven.org or https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/.
  • Passengers (5 years and above) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense. Payment must be made through https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana with evidence shown on arrival.
  • Passengers who test positive on arrival could be subject to quarantine for 7 days at their own expense.