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10 July 2016

Visa on Arrival’ to be piloted at Kotoka International Airport

visaThe Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is ready to undertake the Visas on Arrival program that was announced by the president earlier this year. The GIS made this announcement in a statement released on July 8.

“The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that, with immediate effect, all African Union (AU) Nationals whose countries do not have a visa free agreement Ghana would be able to obtain visas on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport [KIA],” it said.

According to the service, the program will be piloted at the Kotoka International Airport for three months before it gets carried out at other entry points.
“The current arrangement would be piloted at KIA for three months, and thereafter extended to all other entry points of the country.”

To effectively carry it out, the Ghana Immigration Service has laid out some modalities:
All AU nationals affected by this policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three (3) months, from the date of entry.

They must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel.

They must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas.

All visas would be issued for validity of 30 days.

Additionally, they would be subject to the provisions of Section 4 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573) which applies to all travellers entering Ghana.

In his State of the Nation address in February this year, President John Mahama stated that the country would implement the program so that AU citizens will be able to secure visas upon entry into the country.

Earlier this month, government announced that it had commenced the program.

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