Ghana Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Ghana, a valid passport is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. At the time of the visa application passports must be valid for at least six (6) months on the date of departure.
Visas for Ghana 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 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 (three months): £60; multiple-entry visa (six months): £100; multiple-entry visa (one year): £150; multiple-entry visa (two years): £200.
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 passengers do not require a visa provided they don't leave the airside transit area.
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.
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.
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.
This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Ghana in the USA
Telephone: (202) 686 4520.
Address: NW, 3512 International Drive, Washington, 20008,
Ghana High Commission in the UK
Telephone: +44 203 302 2288 (passport and visa section).
Address: , 104 Highgate Hill, London, N6 5HE,
Mon-Fri 0930-1700. For passport and visa section, Mon-Fri 0930-1300.
British High Commission in Ghana
Telephone: +233 30 221 3250
Address: , Osu Link off Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue, PO Box 296, Accra, ,
Mon-Thu 0730-1530; Fri 0730-1330.