Places in Ghana

Ghana Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Ghana, a passport is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

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.

Visa note

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 require applicants to fill in the application form 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, two 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 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.

Types and cost

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.

Validity

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.

Transit

Transit passengers do not require a visa provided they don't leave the international transit area.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission).

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.

Working days

Applications for visas for Ghana typically take 10 to 15 working days to process. Rapid (24- and 72-hour) visa processing services are available in some countries at an additional cost.

Sufficient funds

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.

Extension of stay

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.

Entry with children

Visa applicants under the age of 18 must submit a letter of consent from a parent/legal guardian with their application.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Ghana in the USA
Telephone: (202) 686 4520. Website: www.ghanaembassy.org
Ghana High Commission in the UK
Telephone: 08453 133 399 (passport and visa section). Website: https://www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1730. For passport and visa section, Mon-Fri 0930-1300.
British High Commission in Ghana
Telephone: 302 213 250. Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-accra Opening times: Mon-Thu 0730-1530; Fri 0730-1330.
Edited by Jane Duru
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