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Ghana Begins Visa-on-Arrival Policy for AU Member States




Ghana FlagThe Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) said that foreign nationals from the African Union (AU) member states can now travel to Ghana and be issued with visas on arrival.

Francis Palmdeti, Head of Public Affairs of the GIS, made this known in a statement on Monday

He said the arrangement will be piloted at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra for three months, and thereafter extended to all other entry points of the country.

“All AU nationals affected by this policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months, from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel. Travelers must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas,” he said.

Palmdeti said that the visa-on-arrival decision by the Ghanaian government was in fulfillment of a resolution adopted at the AU Executive Council meeting held earlier this year in Addis Ababa.

He said that the resolution stipulates that AU Member States should review their internal and external security realities in an attempt to implement mechanisms allowing for the issuing of visas on arrival for citizens of member states, with the possibility of a 30-day stay.

Palmdeti said Ghana became the first AU member state to adopt such a policy and has received commendation from the AU Commission for the bold step.

Photo Credit: BuzzGhana

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  1. Person

    July 12, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Ok na

  2. Pra

    July 12, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Finally! Ghana also needs to do something about the illegal Chinese, Burkinas, Togolese, and the Liberians.

    • That Naija Dokita

      July 12, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Pls get educated and stop sounding condescending.

      Outside of the Chinese, the rest are part of ECOWAS, and aren’t illegal. They qualify for the right of abode visa.

      The Right of Abode visa allows the same permissions as the permanent visa. This includes unrestricted entrance to the country, the ability to work without the need for a work permit, and being subject to Ghanaian law. Applicants are allowed to stay in the country for an indefinite amount of time.

  3. Prince

    July 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This is a huge step and I hope other countries will adopt it also. Just like the EU, as an African, you aint suppose to be begging for visa to visit a country in your continent.
    This makes big sense to me

  4. Bella

    July 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    one africa one nation. Can we all be allowed the passage of at least 30 days with no visa dramas

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