Ghana Visa Information

In order to travel to Ghana from the USA, you first must acquire a visa from the Ghana Embassy located near you. If you are located close to Washington, DC, click here to start the visa online application process. If you are close to New York, click here to start the online visa application process. If you are outside the USA, please visit your nearest Ghana Embassy in your country.

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Checklist for the visa submission

  • Visa Application Forms to be completed and signed

  • (2) recent passport-sized photographs to be pasted or stapled in designated place on application form. The passport-sized photographs should (taken not more than six months)
  • Business, Residential addresses and contact telephone numbers to be provided
  • Occupation
  • Proposed date of travel
  • Names and Addresses of references and/ Accommodation in Ghana (if it is a hotel, details are to be provided) – use the following: Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel
    Address: 51 Beach Drive, Nungua, Accra, Ghana
    Phone: +233 30 271 1111
  • Minors and children under the age of 18 years traveling to Ghana need parents written authorisation including copies of Parents’ Passports and Residence Permit as well as a copy of the Child’s birth certificate.
  • Passport must be valid for at least (6) six months to expiration
  • Present a Photocopy of your round trip ticket OR Travel Itinerary – use the tour itinerary you are schedule for
  • Copy of U.S. Permanent Residence Card, Student ID Card or a valid U.S. Work Visa
  • In addition to original passport, all applicants are required to attach a photocopy of the bio-data page of their passports to completed forms

Entry Requirements for Ghana

  • All visitors to Ghana must be in possession of a valid passport or legal travel documents.
  • All visitors entering Ghana must have valid entry visas or, in the case of Commonwealth nationals, entry permits, 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 travelers above nine(9) months coming into or transiting through Ghana are required to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever at least Ten(10) days from the proposed date of travel and where already vaccinated, provide evidence(certificate) indicating the duration of a vaccination status of not more than Ten(10) years before entering Ghana.

Conditions for the Issue of Visa

    • Visas may be granted to personnel of international organisations and visitors to Ghana for tourism, study, business or transit.
    • The visa may be granted for single or multiple entry.
    • Visas are valid for a period of three months and must be utilised within three months of the date of issue. Visas valid for up to one year may be granted for specific purposes.
    • Visitors traveling on Business are required to furnish evidence of the fact, such as a letter from their firm, while those traveling at the invitation of Ghanaian nationals or residence or Ghanaian institutions should furnish a letter of invitation from their hosts.
    • Visitors may be required to provide a return or a through ticket to a country which they have the right of admission or may be required to show evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country. Prospective employees may undertake employment within the authorised immigrant quota. Emergency visas may be issued at entry points to travelers who arrive from a country where there is no Ghanaian diplomatic or consular representation, but such applications must be authorised by the Director of the Immigration Service through their sponsors before they arrive Ghana.
    • Applications for further extensions to visitors’ permit must be made to the Director of the Ghana Immigration Service for consideration. Tourists may be allowed a period of stay of three months if the Ghana Immigration Service is satisfied that such tourists have sufficient means of financial support.
    • 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.
    • Professionals (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc), are required to provide particulars of their qualifications in order that the eligibility of their registration may be determined.
    • Applicants on a VISIT to Ghana must provide a letter of invitation from their host in Ghana.

Travelers are strongly advised to ensure that they have all the necessary documents before arriving in Ghana


Vaccination Requirement

Yellow fever vaccination requirement for travelers across the frontiers of Ghana
Yellow fever is an acute viral infection transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. It is endemic and epidemic in several countries in Africa, South America and Caribbean Islands. Case fatality rate is high in classic yellow fever epidemics. There is no curative medical treatment but however highly preventable by vaccination.

In accordance with the International Health Regulations IHR2005 which involves the below:

  • Article 36 (Certification of vaccination or other prophylaxis)
  • Annex 6 (Vaccination, prophylaxis and related certificates)
  • Annex 7 (Requirements concerning vaccination or prophylaxis for specific diseases)

All travellers above nine (9) months old coming into Ghana are required to have been vaccinated against Yellow fever at least Ten days before the proposed date of travel and where already vaccinated the duration of the vaccination status should not be more than Ten years before entering Ghana.

Ghana is one of the countries at the risk of Yellow Fever transmission, hence the need for all travellers (including those coming from countries with no risk to yellow fever) to Ghana to have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate or records indicating their protection from yellow fever.

As a result, Health officials at all ports of entry carry out vigorous checks on travel documents with respect to Yellow fever vaccination certificates in accordance with Article 36 and Annex 6 as depicted above.


FEES

FEES FOR POSTAL SUBMISSION

No. Visa Type Standard Express 72 hours Priority 24 hours
1 Single $100.00 $140.00 $190.00
2 Multiple $140.00 $240.00 $290.00
3 Transit Single $90.00 N/A $130
4 Transit Multiple $140 N/A $240

FEES FOR COUNTER SUBMISSION

No. Visa Type Standard Express 72 hours Priority 24 hours
1 Single $70 $110 $160
2 Multiple $110 $210 $260
3 Transit Single $60 N/A $100
4 Transit Multiple $110 N/A $210

Fees may varies at the different locations


PERSONS EXEMPT

CATEGORIES OF PERSONS EXEMPT FROM ENTRY VISA REQUIREMENTS TO GHANA 2013 UPDATE

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 Cote D’Ivoire The Gambia Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone Togo
B. Holders of Diplomatic, Service or Official passports:
Brazil Cuba Germany Iran Namibia
NB: Exemptions category B above shall be for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from date of entry
C. 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.
LIST OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS WITH WHICH GHANA HAS CONCLUDED VISA EXEMPTION AGREEMENTS
D. Holders of passports of Regional Economic Communities in Africa and the African Economic Community United Nations and its Specialized Agencies:
The World Bank African Development Bank
E. Persons in direct Air side transit
All persons in direct Air side transit are exempt from visa requirements

 

If you are located close to New York, click here to start the visa online application process. If you are close to Washington, DC, click here to start the online visa application process. If you are outside the USA, please visit your nearest Ghana Embassy in your country.

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