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Ghana Recognises Ghana Card As Travel Document From March 1

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has announced it will begin admitting Ghanaian passengers and dual nationals returning to Ghana on a valid Ghana Card effective March 1, 2022.

This means that Ghanaians and dual nationals with the Ghana card will not require a visa to enter Ghana.

According to the GIS, this is in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s recognition of the National Identity Card as a travel document.

Nevertheless, it pointed out that until bilateral agreements are signed with other countries, the Ghana Card cannot be used to travel outside the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region.

“There shall be designated booths at the Kotoka International Airport to process Ghanaian passengers who travel on the Ghana Card into Ghana. Upon arrival, the identity of the Ghana Cardholder will be verified against the National Identity Register (NIR). Once the passenger’s identity has been successfully verified, the passenger is admitted into the country”, the GIS outlined the entry procedures.

On departure, the Ghanaian who entered Ghana with the Ghana Card will be required to show the Ghana Card to the Immigration officials at the Immigration Departure Control.

Passengers who arrive in Ghana with a fraudulently acquired Ghana Card will be denied entry and or will risk getting arrested and prosecuted.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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