Transit passengers, except where they will remain in the Airport throughout or those who were diverted to Accra for an emergency, will also be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing as outlined above.
Ghana hasn’t granted any visa exemptions or extensions for visitors during the pandemic so all nationals will need to visit the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) office in person to extend their visas. It isn’t possible to call about an individual case or to book an appointment in advance. Office opening hours are 8 am to 5 pm. Visit our WHERE TO FIND HELP page to contact them.
Regular Entry Requirements (Visas)
You need a visa to enter Ghana. Ghana’s visa service is operating. Visit the Ghana High Commission’s website in your home country to stay up to date and to make an online application.
Ghana recognises dual nationality. To avoid visa fees, Ghanaian-Foreigners dual nationals should register with the Interior Ministry in Ghana and get a Dual Nationality card. Production of this card at point of entry into Ghana will indicate that a visa is not required.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ghana. Some Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) may not be valid for entry or transit through Ghana. However, ETDs are accepted for exit from Ghana. To leave Ghana on an ETD, you will need to visit the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to complete the exit formalities. Visit our WHERE TO FIND HELP page to contact them.
Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements
You will be expected to present a yellow fever certificate on arrival in Ghana.
Volunteering in Ghana
If you are travelling to work in a volunteer programme or for work experience you should be fully aware of the terms and conditions of your stay and be sure that you will be working for a reputable organisation before you commit yourself to travel. You should read further information on how to stay safe and healthy overseas when volunteering.
Resident in Ghana
If you live in Ghana you should register with the National Identification Authority (NIA) of Ghana and get a non-citizen Ghana card. This applies to: foreign nationals permanently resident in the country, foreign nationals resident in the country for at least 90 days in any calendar year, foreign nationals aged 6 years and above.
A non-citizen Ghana card is required to apply for a residence permit, for admission into educational institutions in Ghana, for all financial transactions including opening a bank account, payment of taxes, registration of sim cards, and applications for public or government services, facilities, approvals and permissions. You can complete this registration process at any one of the following places:
National Identification Authority
Near Gulf House, Accra
Telephone: +233 (0) 302218080
You can also contact the Ghana Immigration Service. Visit our WHERE TO FIND HELP page to contact them.