Ghana’s visa-on-arrival policy for African citizens has not yet been implemented.
This contradicts numerous newspaper reports that the West African country had started issuing visas on arrival from July 8.
Spokesperson for the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, told TAM that travellers still needed to apply at the Ghana Embassy or High Commission in their country of residence for a visa prior to travelling to Ghana. “We haven’t received any official documentation as yet, which is why we haven’t implemented the new measures. Travellers are still advised to apply for a visa prior to travelling to Ghana. People who arrive without visa do so at their own risk,” he said.
Only in cases of emergency, travellers can ask for a visa-on-arrival, according to the GIS spokesperson. However, a request for this ‘entry permit’ has to be filed by the Ghanaian host on behalf of the traveller with the Director of Immigration in Ghana. If granted, the ‘emergency entry permit’ is valid for only 14 days.
The High Commission in Pretoria also told TAM that the much-anticipated visa-on-arrival for AU citizens had not been implemented.
The reports refer to an ‘official statement’ issued by the GIS on July 8, and reportedly signed by Francis Palmdeti, the Head of Public Affairs of GIS. The statement indicates that the visa-on-arrival programme will be piloted at the Kotoka International Airport for three months before being extended to other points of entry.
The statement reportedly reads: “The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that, with immediate effect, all African Union (AU) Nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Ghana would be able to obtain visas on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport [KIA].
“All AU nationals affected by the policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel; they must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas.
“All such visas would be issued for validity of 30 days; they would be subject to the provisions of Section 4 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573), which applies to all travellers entering Ghana.”