Ghana Visa and Passport Requirements
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Visas for Ghana (or entry permits for Commonwealth citizens) are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for Ghana.
Ghana's immigration service has a reputation for being slow and complicated when it comes to issuing visas, so don't leave things to the last minute. Most Ghanaian embassies now require applicants to fill in the application form in quadruplicate and courier it or hand it in accompanied by their passport, a copy of a paid-up air ticket, a letter of invitation from somebody in Ghana together with a copy of their passport, four identical passport-sized photos, and the fee appropriate to the type of visa required. Note also that Ghanaian embassies and high commissions in many countries will now only issue visas to nationals or residents of that country.
Business visitors need a letter of invitation and travellers may need to show proof of sufficient funds. All travellers must carry a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Single transit visa: £20; multiple transit visa: £55; single-entry visa: £50; multiple-entry visa (six months): £70; multiple-entry visa (one year): £110; multiple-entry visa (two years): £160.
Single-entry visas for Ghana are valid for three months from the date of issue, although visas valid for up to one year may be granted for specific purposes. Visas may be extended when in Ghana.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission); postal applications are accepted.
In theory, a visa can be issued on arrival to nationals of countries without a Ghanaian mission or consulate, but only if prior notice is given to the Director of the Ghana Immigration Service by the traveller or their sponsor. However, this course of action is only recommended to those with plenty of time and patience, and it would be risky to board a plane to Ghana without written confirmation from the Ghana Immigration Service.
Applications for visas for Ghana typically take 10 to 15 working days to process. If all goes well, visas typically take three days to issue if you hand in and collect the application personally, or around 10 days by courier, but a wait of up to a month is not unusual, particularly at the embassies in the USA. Rapid (24- and 72-hour) visa processing services are available in some countries at an additional cost.
In theory, you cannot enter Ghana without sufficient funds to cover expenses for the duration of your stay. In practice, a return ticket and a credit or debit card (ideally Visa) will suffice.
To extend your visa, you need to contact the Director of the Ghana Immigration Service; you may be granted a three-month extension provided you have proof of funds to support your stay.