How To Apply For A Visa To Ghana - A Quick Guide To Filling Out And Completing A Ghanaian Visa Application
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. The Coronavirus also complicates matters and would be prudent to contact the embassy or Ghanaian consular services nearest you to stay up to date with the latest travel situation.
Visitors also need to decide what type of visa would best suit them. Ie. 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. Next, visitors need to determine the entry requirements of the visa selected, ie. 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?
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)
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.
Finally, in order to apply for a Ghana visa, you would need to submit an application by mail to complete the application process.
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.
Pro tip: 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.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic travelers should also be aware of the protocols when entering Ghana.
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.
Please Note: Travelers who have been fully vaccinated are not exempted from the required PCR testing before traveling.
How to fill Ghana visa application
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.
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.
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
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:
If You Are Submitting Your Documents By Mail
You'll need to make sure that all of the requirements are met and complete to avoid any delays with your application. To ensure this, include the following when submitting your application by mail:
Your Online Payment Receipt from your email
Your Online Return Label receipt
All of the supporting documents, as outlined at the start of this guide.
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.
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.