Visa Application

VISA APPLICATION 


The Embassy of Ghana wishes to inform all visa applicants that visas are NOT FOR SALE. An applicant will be issued a visa based on merits. This presupposes that payment of a visa fee DOES NOT guarantee the issuance of a visa. Please take note, visa fees are NOT REFUNDABLE.

Applicants are therefore advised to read carefully the following guidelines and comply accordingly.


 

Conditions for Issuing Visa

1. All visitors entering Ghana must possess a valid passport and valid visa/permit, except nationals of ECOWAS member states and other countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements.

2. Visas may be granted to personnel of international organizations and visitors wishing to travel to Ghana for Official Duties, Business, Tourism, Study, Family Visit or Transit.

3. Visa may be granted for Single or Multiple entries. Multiple entry visa/permit holder has unlimited entry into Ghana within the period indicated in the visa. The duration of stay in Ghana of the visa/permit holder will be determined by the endorsement of the Ghana Immigration Authorities at the port of entry.

4. Visa is valid for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. If the holder does not enter Ghana within three (3) months the visa becomes invalid.

5. A person who enters Ghana as tourist is not permitted by law to take up any form of employment (paid or unpaid), to establish or join in any business, or to enroll in a school as a student, participate in any educational or business meeting/programme either than tourism, or change their immigration status after arrival. Offenders can have their visas evoked and repatriated from Ghana, or face prosecution. 

6. Emergency visas may be issued at the port of entry to visitors who arrive from a country where there is no Ghanaian diplomatic or consular representation, but such applications must be authorized by the Director of the Immigration Service through their sponsors before they arrive in Ghana.

7. Extension of stay while in Ghana is the sole preserve of the Ghana Immigration Service. Applicants are advised to refer to http://www.ghanaimmigration.org should there be the need to extend their stay in Ghana.

8. Visa applicant must be a Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Icelandic citizens or a foreign national legally resident in any of these countries.

9. Visitors to Ghana are strongly advised to ensure that they have all the necessary documents before they arrive in the Country.

 

Prohibited Immigrants 

The under-mentioned categories of persons are prohibited immigrants:

  1. A person of unsound mind.
  2. A person declared by medical personnel as medically unsound.
  3. A person considered to be a security risk.
  4. A person against whom there is a deportation order in force.
  5. A person who has been sentenced in a foreign country for extradition under the Extradition Act 1960.
  6. Visitors to Ghana may be required to provide a valid International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever at the point of entry.

 

IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION NOTICE: Visitors to Ghana must note that the possession of an entry visa does not give the right of entry. Visitors may be refused entry into Ghana if they fall within the category of prohibited immigrants or if they do not satisfy immigration requirements at the port of entry. The Government of Ghana will not be financially liable for their repatriation.

 

Category of Visas

  1. Tourist
  2. Official
  3. Business
  4. Studies
  5. Voluntary
  6. Internship  
  7. Research
  8. Work
  9. Media
  10. Spouse or Child of a Ghanaian national (family)

 

OFFICIAL

Official visas are granted to holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and their families. This application must be submitted with a Note Verbale in addition to the regular requirements.

 

BUSINESS

1.      Business visa is granted to business people wishing to travel to Ghana for business-related purposes. For example, to attend a conference or training session, to conduct business with a Ghana-based organization, to conduct business negotiations, to establish, manage, or develop a new or existing business, or to invest in Ghana.

2.      Application must be submitted with a letter of recommendation/letter of guarantee from an Employer, Sponsor, or Business Associates in Europe and an Invitation Letter from their host or sponsor in Ghana in addition to the regular requirements.

3.      Media personnel who wish to travel to Ghana for press-related activities must apply for press accreditation. A completed application form should be submitted with a letter from sponsors giving details of the activities that will be under taken in Ghana for approval by the Ministry of Information, Ghana before the submission of visa application.

 

TOURIST

Tourist visa is granted to people wishing to travel to Ghana for a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes. If granted, this visa will allow the holder either a single or multiple entries to Ghana for period of up to three months. Multiple entry visas in this category are granted in accordance with applicant’s travel circumstances.

 

STUDIES

This Visa is for foreign students wishing to study in Ghana. Application together with the regular requirements must be submitted with a Letter of Acceptance from the Educational or Training Institution into which the student/applicant will be studying and evidence of financial means of the applicant for the period of his/her studies in Ghana.

 

SPOUSE OR CHILD OF A GHANAIAN NATIONAL (FAMILY)

This visa is granted to persons whose parents or spouses are Ghanaian citizen. In additional to the regular requirements, applicant must submit a Marriage Certificate (spouse) or Birth Certificate (child) or any document confirming the relationship to the Ghanaian citizen.

 

Application Guidelines


How to Apply

You can apply for the visa by post or in person. Application forms must be completed in English (CAPITAL LETTERS) and quadruplicate (4 sets) signed same as in your passport and dated. The completed forms must be submitted with the following:

  • A valid Passport for at least six (6) months from the date of application
  • Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cmx4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)
  • A return air ticket or Flight Confirmation Statement
  • A copy of an International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever
  • It takes a minimum of ten (10) working days to process the visa application whilst express visa application takes a minimum of three (3) working days.

You must ensure that you submit all the required documents. Submitting incomplete application may delay the processing of your application or, in some cases, result in its rejection.

You must present the original receipt during the collection of the passport. Application by post must be enclosed with a Self-Addressed Pre-paid Envelope, or courier service for the return of your passport.

 

Visa Type and Requirements 

Tourism / Visit

Business

Official

Studies / Voluntary/ Internship

Research / Work

Media

 

1. Original Passport

 

2. Duly Completed Visa Application Form

 

3. Where hotels are used as ‘References’, copy of hotel bookings must be submitted.

 

4. Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

 

5. *Parental Consent Form (for persons less than 18years of age + Copy of Parent’s ID) (click to download)

 

6. Copy of Vaccination Card

 

7. Receipt of payment of fees

 

 

NB:

8. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

 

 

1. Original Passport

 

2. Duly Completed Visa Application Form

 

3. Where hotels are used as ‘References’, copy of hotel bookings must be submitted.

 

4. Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

 

5. Invitation Letter from Business partners in Ghana.

 

6. Letter of Guarantee from applicant’s current company/ sponsor.

 

7. Copy of Vaccination Card

 

8. Receipt of payment of fees

 

NB:

9. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

 

1. Original Passport

 

2. Duly Completed Visa Application Form

 

3. Where hotels are used as ‘References’, copy of hotel bookings must be submitted.

 

4. Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

 

5. Note Verbale

 

6. Copy of Vaccination Card

 

7. Receipt of payment of fees

 

 

 

NB:

8. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

 

 

 

 

1. Original Passport

 

2. Duly Completed Visa Application Form

 

3. Where hotels are used as ‘References’, copy of hotel bookings must be submitted.

 

4. Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

 

5. Copy of Admission Letter from Ghana

 

6. Letter of Introduction from Applicant’s school.

 

7. *Parental Consent Form (for persons less than 18years of age + Copy of Parent’s ID) (click to download)

 

8. Copy of Vaccination Card

 

9. Receipt of payment of fees

 

NB:

10. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

 

1. Original Passport

 

2. Duly Completed Visa Application Form

 

3. Where hotels are used as ‘References’, copy of hotel bookings must be submitted.

 

4. Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cm x4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

 

5. Copy of Ethical Approval granted from Ghana to conduct a Research / Media coverage.

 

6. Copy of Vaccination Card

 

7. Receipt of payment of fees

   

 

 

NB:

8. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

 

1. Original Passport

 

2. Duly Completed Visa Application Form

 

3. Where hotels are used as ‘References’, copy of hotel bookings must be submitted.

 

4. Four (4) recent Passport size photographs (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

 

5. Copy of Press Accreditation approved from Ghana.

 

6. Copy of Vaccination Card

 

7. Receipt of payment of fees

 

 

NB:

8. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

 

 

*Parental Consent Form (click to download)

Visa/Passport applications for minors (children under 18 years) must be accompanied by a parental consent form signed by the Child’s parents.

Please note that parents with sole custodianship of their children should provide a letter to this effect.

Unaccompanied minors on school trips or voluntary programmes must also attach a letter of consent signed by both parents or their legal guardians, to their visa/passport application, and a copy of parents' or legal guardians' photo ID must accompany the form.

 

Procedure for Extension of Stay

  1. Visitors may abide by the following procedure in their application for extension or stay.
  2. Completion of the requisite application forms obtained from the Immigration Headquarters or the nearest Regional Commands of the Service.
  3. Provision of two current passport-sized photographs.
  4. An application letter from those who wish to stay for a period more than 3 months stating reason (s) for the request.
  5. Provision of a valid return ticket or any form of guarantee that the visitor will leave the country at the end of the period requested for.
  6. Provision of documentary evidence of intent to invest in Ghana (applicable to would-be investors only).
  7. Provision of a valid passport; and
  8. The payment of the requisite processing fee.

Please note that employment is restricted while on visitor’s permit. Applicants who violates visa regulations, for example, engaging or engaged in any form of employment, business meeting, etc. whilst on a Tourist Visa shall face prosecution leading to a deportation or a jail sentence.   

 

Visitors in Transit 

A person, seeking entry clearance to enter Ghana in transit and is not a prohibited Immigrant may be admitted for a period not exceeding 48 hours.

  • The visitor has a valid visa or eligible to enter the country he/she is transiting to.
  • The visitor may have to poof evidence of a continuous journey to the country of destination.  
  • The visitor may not decide to terminate his journey in the transit country.

 

Visa Application Fees and Codes

     

    Standard

A = Standard Fee (Cash payment & Self or Courier Pick-ups)

B = Standard Fee + Bank Transfer Charges + Postage for 1passport     

Note: Please indicate the appropriate fee code example A1, B3, etc. on your application form as well as your bank transfer message.

Standard Application Fees (10 working day processing time)

Standard Fees External Charges Standard Fees + External Charges
Service Type Duration

Standard Fees (DKK)  

Bank Transfer charges (DKK) Postage Fee for 1passport  (DKK)

Application Fee + Bank Fee + Postage Fee (DKK)

Processing Time

VISAS

Single Entry

30 Days

(A1)

600

50 130

(B1)

780

10 working days
Multiple Entry 3 Months

(A2)

850

50 130

(B2)

1030

Multiple Entry 6 Months

(A3)

1250

50 130

(B3)

1430

Multiple Entry

1 Year

(A4)

1600

50 130

(B4)

1780

 

 

    Express

C = Standard Fee + Express (Cash payment & Self or Courier Pick-ups)

D = Standard Fee + Express + Bank Transfer Charges + Postage for 1Passport

Note: Please indicate the appropriate fee code example C2, D1, etc. on your application form as well as your bank transfer message.

Express Application Fees (3 working day processing time)

Express Fees External Charges Express Fees + External Charges
Service Type Duration

Express Fees (DKK)  

Bank Transfer charges (DKK) Postage Fee for 1passport  (DKK)

Express Fee + Bank Fee + Postage Fee (DKK)

Processing Time

VISAS

Single Entry

30 Days

(C1)

1100

50 130

(D1)

1280

3 working days

Multiple Entry 3 Months

(C2)

1350

50 130

(D2)

1530

Multiple Entry 6 Months

(C3)

1750

50 130

(D3)

1930

Multiple Entry

1 Year

(C4)

2100

50 130

(D4)

2280

 

 

Processing Time

The processing time for Standard Visas application is 10 working days whilst Express application takes 3 working days starting from the date applicant meet all necessary requirements needed for his/her application. This presuppose that applicants whom for some reason submits an Incomplete application would have their processing time longer than required. 

Please note that Incomplete application would not be processed until the applicant meets all necessary requirements. Applicants are therefore advised to take note of the Visa Type and Requirements above and apply ahead of time in order to avoid any unforeseen eventualities.

Due to the increase in the number of Visa applications, the Embassy will NOT be in the position to contact applicants who fails to meet all requirements of the application via telephone. You are therefore advised to provide a valid EMAIL ADDRESS for any further communication regarding your application.

 

Postage

1. Applicants who want their passports to be posted back to them after the visa or passport or any other documents is complete, should include in their application 12 international postal coupons, or add 130 DKK to the application fee. Please refer to the fees and codes above and pay accordingly. Applicant can also buy Danish Stamps if they can find one in their various countries. Kindly note that Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Icelandic stamps CANNOT be used in Denmark.

2. Twelve (12) International Postal Coupons or 130 DKK is the cost for posting 1 passport. Please contact your local post for more information.

3. Applicants can also arrange for a courier (DHL, UPS, FEDEX, or EMS) service for a pick-up.

4. Applicants can also collect their passports in person at the Embassy during working hours.

 

Method of Payment

a. Payment may be made in cash (payable at the Embassy) or by Certified Bank Cheque. All consular fees can be paid into Danske Bank Account (details below). All bank charges/fees must be paid by the applicant. Do not post cash!!

b. Foreign cheques drawn on Danske Bank attract a bank fee of DKK 200.00 per cheque. Those drawn on other banks attract a fee of DKK 100.00. Applicants must make provision for these fees when making payment for visas by such means.

c. Applicants transferring money from a different bank either than Danske Bank should be aware that it takes a couple of days before the transfer is successful. Applicant’s bank receipt does not mean the transfer has been successful since some of them end up transferring into wrong accounts.

d. To speed up processing of the application, applicants are advised to make payment directly at the nearest Danske Bank and submit application with their receipt of payment. Do not post cash!!

Cash Payment

Payment may be made in cash payable only at the Mission. The Embassy does NOT accept any other currency either than Danish Krona. Visa, Master, Paypal, or any form of card payments is NOT acceptable.

Bank Transfer or Certified Bank Cheque

The Embassy accepts bank transfers paid into a Danske Bank Account below:

 

For those outside Denmark

      Bank Name     : Danske Bank

      SWIFT            : DABADKKK

      IBAN               : DK35 3000 3109 1148 47

 

For those in Denmark

      Bank Name     : Danske Bank

      Account No     : 4001 3109114847
 

Danske Bank Address:

      Holmens Kanal 2-12,

      1092 Cph K

      Denmark

The Embassy wishes to inform all applicants to personally transfer application fees at any Danske Bank office close to them.

 

Bank Charges

Applicants should take note that Foreign Cheques attracts a bank charge of 200 DKK. Money transferred from another bank either than a Danske Bank will attract a transfer charge of 50 DKK. Applicants are therefore advised to pay all bank charges to avoid shortage of application fees. Any application in which the Embassy is debited with bank charges will not be processed. Please check with your Bank.

The Visa Application fee or receipt of payment must accompany your application.

Application Fees are NOT REFUNDABLE if the application is unsuccessful.