Getting A Visa For Ghana - Ghana Visa Application Form and Visa Requirements

Sep 29, 2022

5 min read

Are you planning to travel to Ghana but you're not sure how to go on about applying for the a visa to Ghana? In that case, you have come to the right place. In this blog you will find everything you need to know about applying for the Ghana visa so stay tuned.

Get Your Visa Effortlessly

Applying for a visa does not have to be such a struggle, not when Atlys is here. With Atlys all you need to do is download the app, enter your details and the rest will be taken care of for you from documents, to visa appointments, and passport photos.


What You Need To Know Before You Apply

Following strong investment in Ghana's economy, more and more travelers are visiting the West African Country. US Citizens will require an entry visa to enter Ghana, so before boarding the next plane to Accra, visitors need to acquaint themselves with the various travel requirements, as per their passport.

Visitors also need to decide what type of visa would best suit them. i.e. whether will you need a business visa, a Ghana tourist visa, or a visa that can be converted into a work permit, to name but a few. Trying to figure out which visa you need for your trip can be complicated, which is why I recommend using Atlys to apply for your visa.

Next, visitors need to determine the entry requirements of the visa selected, i.e. what is the number of entries that you'll need when traveling to Ghana. In other words, will you need a multiple entry visa, or will a single entry visa suffice?

COVID-19 Protocols of Arriving Passengers to Ghana

Passengers must possess a COVID–19 negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than 72 hours or not more than 3 calendar days before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin. Passengers will be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal at a cost of $150 to be borne by the passenger.

Travelers who have been fully vaccinated are not exempted from the required PCR testing before traveling.

The Processing Time

The processing time depends on the Service Type. Below is the chart, and the visa fees.

There are 2 Service Types:

  • Expedited Service - 5 Business Days.
  • Regular Service - 10-15 Business Days.

Once you select the service type on the application you won't be able to edit once inserted. Make sure you know what service and visa type you would like.

What Are The Required Documents For The Ghana Visa?

To apply for a Visa to Ghana you'll need valid travel documents. This means your US passport should be valid for the next 6 months, have at least 1 blank visa page, and not be frayed, torn, or damaged in any way.

You'll also need the following required documents:

  • Two recent passport-size photos with a white background(taken in the last 6 months)
  • The Appropriate Fees
  • Valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate and two copies
  • Letter of Invitation/ Confirmed Hotel Booking
  • Valid Ghanaian Identification Of Host (Preferably A Valid Passport) - alternatively the confirmed Hotel Booking can be used
  • An undertaking that the host will ensure that the visitor will comply with the immigration laws of Ghana
  • Residence Permit Visa Page (For non-US Passport Holders)
  • Copies of the Bio-Data Pages of the passport.
  • A Birth Certificate and 2 copies thereof when traveling with minors.

Atlys sorts out all your documents for you, so you have less work with your application.

How To Apply For The Ghana Visa - A Quick Guide

In this section you will find an 8-step process of how to apply for

Step 1: Visit Ghana's Website.

To complete the online application the government of Ghana has created an intuitive website that effectively replaced the old visa application form. To visit Ghana's website, simply click here.

Step 2: Select the Purpose of Travel

Now simply complete the next page and state the purpose of travel, and your passport type and application details.

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Step 3: Provide personal details

Next, you would need to provide your personal details, your passport details, and your contact information. Ensure everything matches the information on your documents.

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Step 4: Declare your Travel history and Criminal background.

One of Ghana's visa requirements is for applicants to detail their travel history, as well as their criminal background. To do this, simply select the relevant options from the list provided. for your information "communicable disease" simply refers to any infectious disease. COVID-19 is a communicable disease because it's spread from humans to other humans. Yellow fever and Malaria aren't communicable diseases, because they are spread to humans by mosquitoes.

Step 5: Provide Your Address and Occupation

This is your address and occupation in the United States. If you are a retired person, provide the name of the last place you worked.

Step 6: Provide details of your residence in Ghana

In this section, simply relay the address of the Hotel or individual where you will be residing whilst in Ghana.

Step 7: Complete the final checklist

Finally, complete the checklist, ensuring that you have all of the required documents to complete your visa application

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Upload all the relevant documents onto the government portal.

If you realize you've made a mistake on your application you can retrieve it and edit it. To do this you'll need the reference number. The reference number is on the right top corner of the application form and should look like this:

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Step 8: Mail Your Application

Mail your application to the Embassy of Ghana.

You'll need to make a separate payment to ensure that your visa is returned to you. You can do this either by credit card or debit card and by clicking here.. The return fee is $29.75 and the courier company used is FedEx.

Final Tips

  • Shipping information should be in the applicant’s name
  • Pay per applicant for security, convenience, and peace of mind.
  • Print the Receipt and add it to the application before mailing it to the Embassy.

The Consulate will email the tracking information and ETA to you when the passport is shipped. Make sure to include the correct email address and the mailing address to avoid delays and passport loss.

Written By: Jakus Eloff
Fact Checked By: Lamia Darwish

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