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In a nutshell, you must gather all the visa requirements, scan them since they need to be uploaded to complete the visa application, and then send your physical passport, photo, and other visa-related documents to the Ghana consular office of your choice for visa processing.

However, Ghana visa is not as easy as it seems. Here’s why:

  • The online visa application is not easy to navigate (i.e. it asks for Plus Codes coordinates).
  • The upload tools used during the visa application process can be confusing—you might need to upload the same document multiple times.
  • You must pay the consular fee to finalize your visa application—you might need to authorize your bank or credit card company.
  • Once you submit your application to the consular office for visa processing, you won’t receive status updates. Contacting the office to check your visa status can be time-consuming.
  • If there’s an issue with your application, you will need to mail in the additional documents, which can prolong the visa process.

There are two types of Ghana visas being offered depending on your purpose of travel:

  • Tourist visa : going to South Africa for tourism, or to visit family.
  • Business visa : going to South Africa to conduct business meetings

Can I get a visa on arrival in Ghana?

Emergency visas may be issued on arrival at entry points to travelers from countries where there are no Ghanaian diplomatic missions or consular representation, but such applications must confirm with the nearest Embassy or be authorized by the Director of the Immigration Service through their sponsors before they depart for Ghana.

I want to apply for Ghana visa directly. What do I do? Where can I get the online application form?

We recommend deciding the Consular office you wish to submit your visa request through first (Washington D.C., New York, or Arkansas), then follow their requirements and directions:
Washington DC Embassy and its Ghana visa application can be found here.
New York Consulate and its Ghana visa application can be found here.
Arkansas Consulate and its Ghana visa application can be found here.

How much is a visa for Ghana?

As of January 2024, Ghana consular visa fees are as follows:

VISA TYPE Processing Time Consular Fee
Single Entry Standard 15-20 Days $60
Single Entry Rush 7 Days $100
Multiple Entry Standard 15-20 Days $100
Multiple Entry Rush 7 Days $200

What are the visa free countries for Ghana?

All ECOWAS passport holders from the following countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast/Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo—can visit Ghana without a visa.

About Ghana

Ghana, officially known as the Republic of Ghana, is a West African country with a rich history and diverse culture. Here are some key points about Ghana:

  • Ghana is located in West Africa, bordered by Côte d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
  • The capital city is Accra, which is also the country’s largest city.
  • Ghana has several tourist attractions, including natural sites like Kakum National Park and Mole National Park, as well as historical sites like Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle, which were key points in the transatlantic slave trade.
  • The country’s vibrant festivals, such as the Chale Wote Street Art Festival and the Homowo Festival, attract visitors from around the world.

History of Ghana

Ghana’s history dates back to ancient times, with the Ghana Empire, also known as the Wagadou Empire, existing in the region during the medieval period, though it was not within the boundaries of modern Ghana.
The area known as modern Ghana was home to various powerful kingdoms and empires, such as the Ashanti Empire and the Fante Confederacy.
Ghana was a major trading hub, especially during the trans-Saharan trade routes, dealing in gold, salt, and other goods.
European colonization began in the late 15th century, with the Portuguese being the first to establish a presence. Later, the British took control and made the area part of the British Gold Coast colony.
Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from colonial rule on March 6, 1957, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. This event was a significant moment in the history of African decolonization.

Ghana’s culture

Ghana has a diverse culture, with many ethnic groups, including the Akan, Ewe, Mole-Dagbani, Ga-Dangme, and others.
The country is known for its vibrant music and dance traditions, with genres like highlife and hiplife. Drumming, storytelling, and traditional dances are also important aspects of Ghanaian culture.
Traditional clothing, such as kente cloth, is iconic and often worn during special occasions and ceremonies.
The official language is English, but many local languages are widely spoken, including Twi, Ewe, and Ga.

Ghana’s economy

Ghana has a mixed economy with a significant agricultural sector, producing cocoa, gold, oil, and other products.
It is one of the world’s largest cocoa producers and has substantial reserves of gold and other minerals.
The country’s economy has been diversifying, with growth in industries such as telecommunications, finance, and tourism.

Ghana’s governance and politics:

Ghana is a stable democratic republic with a multi-party political system.
It has a history of peaceful transitions of power and is considered one of Africa’s more stable democracies.
The current president (as of October 2023) is Nana Akufo-Addo.

Capital: Accra
Population: 34,237,620 (2023)
Government: Unitary presidential republic
Religions: Christianity, Islam, other
Language: English
Nationality: Ghanaian
Currency: Cedi (GHS)

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