Traveling to Ghana? Here's How to Get Your Visa Sorted

Traveling to Ghana? Here's How to Get Your Visa Sorted

by Chinazor Ikedimma on Apr 13, 2024

The exact process of acquiring a Ghanaian visa can vary depending on your nationality and the type of visa you need. However, here's a general outline to give you an idea:

Where to Apply:

You'll typically apply for a Ghanaian visa at the Ghanaian embassy or consulate in your home country. Some embassies may allow online applications, while others require in-person applications.  Check the embassy website for specific instructions

Determine the Right Visa Type:

There are various visa types for Ghana, including tourist visas, business visas, student visas, and work visas. Each has specific requirements and application processes. Choose the visa that best suits your travel purpose.

Gather Required Documents:

The documents needed for a Ghanaian visa application can differ slightly depending on the visa type.  A typical list might include:


  • Completed visa application form: This will likely be available online or downloadable from the embassy website. Fill it out accurately and completely.
  • Valid passport: Ensure your passport has at least six months validity beyond your intended stay in Ghana.
  • Passport-sized photographs:These should meet the embassy's specifications (size, number, background color).
  • Proof of travel arrangements: This could be a flight itinerary or confirmed plane tickets showing your arrival and departure from Ghana.
  • Proof of accommodation: This could be a hotel reservation confirmation letter or a letter of invitation from a host in Ghana.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate: This is mandatory for entry into Ghana.
  • COVID-19 vaccination card (if applicable): Ghana may have specific requirements regarding COVID-19 vaccination for entry. Check the embassy website for current guidelines.
  • Financial documents: You may need to show proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay in Ghana. This could be bank statements or a sponsor's letter.
  • Additional documents: Depending on the visa type, you may need additional documents like a business invitation letter (business visa), a letter of acceptance from a Ghanaian institution (student visa), or an employment contract (work visa).

Submit Application:

Depending on your location, you may need to submit your visa application in person at the nearest Ghanaian embassy or consulate, or you may be able to apply online through the Ghana Immigration Service's e-Visa portal. Follow the instructions provided for submitting your application and pay any required visa fees. Visa application fees vary depending on the visa type and processing time. You'll typically pay the fee at the embassy or consulate during the application process.

Attend Interview (if required):

In some cases, applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the visa application process. This is more common for certain visa categories or for applicants with specific circumstances.

Wait for Processing:

After submitting your visa application, you will need to wait for it to be processed. Processing times can vary depending on the type of visa and the volume of applications being processed. Be sure to apply well in advance of your intended travel date to allow for sufficient processing time.

Collect Your Visa (if approved):

The embassy or consulate will notify you once your visa application is processed. If approved, you can collect your visa from the embassy or consulate.

With your visa in hand, you can now travel to Ghana. Upon arrival, you will need to present your passport and visa to immigration officials for entry into the country. Be prepared to answer questions about the purpose and duration of your visit, and to provide any additional documentation if requested.

It's essential to carefully follow the instructions provided by the Ghanaian authorities and to ensure that you meet all the requirements for your visa category to avoid delays or complications in the application process. Additionally, it's always a good idea to check for any updates or changes to visa requirements or procedures before applying.


The under-mentioned categories are Prohibited Immigrants:

  • A person of unsound mind.
  • A person declared by medical personnel as medically unsound.
  • A person considered to be a security risk.
  • A person against whom there is a deportation order in force.
  • A person who has been sentenced in a foreign country for extradition under the Extradition Act 1960.


  • All ECOWAS Passport Holders:
    Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Côte d’Ivoire The Gambia, Guinea Bissau
    Guinea, Guinea-Bissau Liberia, Mali, Niger Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
  • HOLDERS OF DIPLOMATIC,SERVICE OR OFFICIAL PASSPORT: Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Iran, Namibia, China, South Africa,
  • Sudan, Hungary, India, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco
  • All nationals of the following countries:
    Jamaica, Kenya , Lesotho, Malawi, Singapore, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda
  • Holders of passports of Regional Economic Communities in Africa and the African Economic Community United Nations and its Specialized Agencies:
    The World Bank , African Development Bank
  • Persons in direct Airside transit
    All persons in direct airside transit are exempt from visa requirements

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