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Beyond the Return: Inbound travellers to be issued visa on arrival this Christmas

By Vincent Ashitey
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Individuals who seek to visit Ghana are not mandated to acquire a visa before arriving in the country. 

This comes after the government of Ghana waived pre-arrival visa acquisition for travellers to Ghana.

The visas would rather be handed over to them upon arrival and the policy takes effect between December 22, 2022, to January 15, 2023.

The Transport Ministry in a communiqué to all airlines said this follows consultations with the Foreign Affairs, Interior and Tourism Ministries, Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Tourism Authority. 

“Approval has been given for passengers travelling to Ghana to opt for visa-on-arrival waiving the requirement for prior approval”.

“Consequently, it would be appreciated if systems are updated to reflect this new arrangement and those responsible for checking-in passengers traveling to Ghana advised not to insist on entry visas prior to their boarding”, the communiqué continued.

The ‘Beyond the Return’ Initiative, which is a 10-year plan, designed to build on the momentum of the ‘Year of Return’ is also a follow-up to the Year of Return project which commemorated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in Virginia in 1619.

It’s under the theme ‘A decade of African Renaissance (2020-2030)’ and is built on seven pillars aimed at showcasing the country’s investment potential and consolidating its diaspora engagement programmes.

The initiative has attracted widespread interest among Africans in the Diaspora, a large number of whom have since travelled to and/or relocated to Ghana since 2019.