Your purpose of journey to Ghana will determine what type of visa required under Ghana immigration law. As a visa applicant, you must establish that you meet all requirements to qualify for the category of visa you applying for.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS FOR A GHANA VISA CAREFULLY
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR GHANA
All visitors entering Ghana MUST have valid/active visas;
Commonwealth nationals must have entry permits issued by Ghana diplomatic Missions/Consulates abroad, or any authorized visa issuing agency endorsed by the Ghana Government to act on its behalf.
ECOWAS nationals and other nationalities with which Ghana has specific bilateral agreements or visa reciprocity agreements are exempted. However, travellers must check with the airlines for confirmation before travelling. If in doubt, travelers may apply for a gratis visa.
All travellers nine (9) months or older entering or transiting through Ghana are required to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever ten (10) days prior to the date of travel. Valid vaccination cards are required upon arrival.
CONDITIONS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF VISA
Visas may be granted to personnel of international organisations and visitors to Ghana for tourism, study, business or transit.
The visa may be granted for single or multiple entry.
Visas valid for a period of three months must be utilised within three months of the date of issue. Visas valid for up to one year may be granted for specific purposes.
Visitors travelling on Business are required to furnish evidence of the fact, such as a letter from their firm (and a supporting letter from the institution they are going to deal with in Ghana), while those travelling at the invitation of Ghanaian nationals or residence or Ghanaian institutions should furnish a letter of invitation from their hosts.
Visitors may be required to provide a return or a through ticket to a country which they have the right of admission or may be required to show evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country. Prospective employees may undertake employment within the authorised immigrant quota. Emergency visas may be issued at entry points to travellers who arrive from a country where there is no Ghanaian diplomatic or consular representation, but such applications must be authorised by the Director of the Immigration Service through their sponsors before they arrive Ghana.
Applications for further extensions to visitors’ permit must be made to the Director of the Ghana Immigration Service for consideration. Tourists may be allowed a period of stay of three months if the Ghana Immigration Service is satisfied that such tourists have sufficient means of financial support.
7. Persons who enter the country as visitors are not permitted to take up employment even if there happens to be a vacancy on the Immigrant Quota of a prospective employer.
Professionals (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc), are required to provide particulars of their qualifications in order that the eligibility of their registration may be determined.
Applicants on a VISIT to Ghana must provide a letter of invitation from their host in Ghana.
Yellow fever vaccination requirement for travellers across the frontiers of Ghana
Yellow fever is an acute viral infection transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. It is endemic and epidemic in several countries in Africa, South America and Caribbean Islands. Case fatality rate is high in classic yellow fever epidemics. There is no curative medical treatment but however highly preventable by vaccination.
In accordance with the International Health Regulations IHR2005 which involves the below:
Article 36 (Certification of vaccination or other prophylaxis)
Annex 6 (Vaccination, prophylaxis and related certificates)
Annex 7 (Requirements concerning vaccination or prophylaxis for specific diseases)
All travellers above nine (9) months old coming into Ghana are required to have been vaccinated against Yellow fever at least Ten days before the proposed date of travel and where already vaccinated the duration of the vaccination status should not be more than Ten years before entering Ghana.
Ghana is one of the countries at the risk of Yellow Fever transmission, hence the need for all travellers (including those coming from countries with no risk to yellow fever) to Ghana to have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate or records indicating their protection from yellow fever.
As a result, Health officials at all ports of entry carry out vigorous checks on travel documents with respect to Yellow fever vaccination certificates in accordance with Article 36 and Annex 6 as depicted above.
Travellers are strongly advised to ensure that they have all the necessary documents before arriving in Ghana
Please read VISA CHECK LIST before you apply for your VISA