Visa Information

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The Ghana Immigration Service is the frontline agency responsible for the entry, residence and employment of foreign nationals in Ghana in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Act (Act 573), 2000.

Entry Information

Subject to the conditions of the Immigration Act any person who is seeking to enter into Ghana;

☑ Must be in possession of a valid passport or other travel document and valid visa to
enter Ghana where applicable.
☑ Must have been exempted from obtaining a visa to enter Ghana.
☑ Must have his name endorsed upon a visa and is in the company of the holder or the
☑ Must have applied and been granted an emergency entry permit; or
☑ Must have been admitted to diplomatic status by the Government of Ghana.

Visa Regulations

A visa may be obtained from Ghana Embassies/High Commissions, Consulates or other
Embassies authorized by the Government of Ghana to issue visas on her behalf.
Emergency Entry Permit valid for 14 days may be obtained where on application has been filed
on behalf of the foreign national by other national’s host with the Director of Immigration

☑ Personal details including nationality, place of residence in Ghana; Occupation or
business to be followed or undertaken while Ghana;
☑ Particulars of passport;
☑ Proposed date of arrival;
☑ Purpose of visit and duration of stay;
☑ A statement to the effect that the applicant will not undertake or participate in any
activities which might offend the religious beliefs or any section of the community;
☑ In case of a passenger passing through Ghana, route to be followed; and
☑ An undertaken by the applicant to return any pass granted.
☑ Has had a security furnished by bond, deposit or a letter of guarantee by the person who
guarantees the foreign national visit.


Having obtained the requisite visa, visitors must satisfy the Immigration officer on arrival that;

☑ He is genuinely seeking entry for a limited period as stated by him.
☑ He will leave Ghana at the end of the period granted him.
☑ He will not take up any employment while on visitor’s permit.
☑ He does not intend studying in any school.
☑ He will not be of public charge.

Before his entry is allowed at the point of entry a maximum of 60 days stay (90 days in the Case
of ECOWAS nationals) is granted. The extension of the duration of the stay is allowed provided
that the approving officer is convinced that conditions set above have been met.

Procedure for Extension of Stay

Visitors may abide by the following procedure in their application for extension or stay.

☑ Completion of the requisite application forms obtained from the Immigration
Headquarters or the nearest Regional Commands of the Service.
☑ Provision of two current passport-sized photographs.
☑ An application letter from those who wish to stay for a period more than 3 months stating
reason (s) for the request.
☑ Provision of a valid return ticket or any form of guarantee that the visitor will leave the
country at the end of the period requested for.
☑ Provision of documentary evidence of intent to invest in Ghana (applicable to would-be
investors only).
☑ Provision of a valid passport; and
☑ The payment of the requisite processing fee.
Please note that employment is restricted while on visitor’s permit.

Visitors In Transit

A person, seeking entry clearance to enter Ghana in transit and is not a prohibited Immigrant
may be admitted for a period not exceeding 48 hours. The Immigration officer at the point of
entry must satisfied that.

☑ The visitor has a valid visa and is assured of entry into the destination country.
☑ The visitor I exempted from sustaining himself in the transit and destination countries.
☑ The visitor may not decide to terminate his journey in the transit country.

Ghana Visa Regime

Country / Organisation Visa Requirement Conditions
ECOWAS States:
Nigeria, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Liberia, Benin, Cape Verde
Visa not required for all types of passports holders 90 days
Southern and Eastern African countries:
The Kingdom of Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Kingdom of Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya
Visa not required for service and diplomatic passport holders 90 days
African Union, Regional Economic Communities, United Nations and its specialised agencies Visa not required for official passport holders 60 days
Egypt and Rwanda Gratis visa Granted on arrival for 60 days*
Member States of African Union Visa required Granted on arrival for 60 days*