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 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 the electronic Visa Application Form below, and complete.
  • Submit together with two (2) recent passport-sized photos and the appropriate visa fee at your appointment which is usually within a month of before your date of travel.
  • Letter of invitation from Ghana with copies of the hosts identity card (if necessary).
  • Letter of introduction from traveller’s firm/employer (if necessary).
  • Copy of an international certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever.
  • Passport and photocopy of passports data-page.
  • Applicant’s passport must ideally have validity of at least six (6) months.
  • Additional requirements are needed for journalists and/or film crew who are covering events or shooting films in Ghana. Contact us for more information.
  • Names and addresses of references in Ghana to be provided (if necessary).
  • Letter of consent needed from parent/legal guardian for persons under 18 years.

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

  • 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 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 a through ticket.
  • 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.

Application Processing

The Visa Application process only commences upon receipt of the hard copy of your Visa Application form, accompanied by all required supporting documents at the Consulate on the day of your scheduled appointment.

Standard Visa Applications take 15 to 45 minutes on the day of the appointment. 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

  • 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.

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.

Important information

on visa applications

All applications for visas and other related consular requests should be directed to Ghana's Missions in London, New York and Washington DC.