Visa Application

GUIDELINES FOR VISA APPLICANTS

  • All visitors to Ghana must be in possession of a valid passport or legal travel documents.
  • All visitors entering Ghana must have valid entry visas or in the case of Commonwealth nationals, entry permits, issued by a Ghana diplomatic mission or consulate abroad or any other visa issuing authority mandated by the Ghana Government to act on its behalf. (ECOWAS nationals and those of other countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements, are exempted).
  • The visa may be granted for single or multiple entry.
  • Please note that applicants may be interviewed.

WORKING HOURS

Mondays -Thursdays. 08.30 – 12.30 hrs.
The Visa section is closed on Fridays and on all Public holidays in Ghana and Italy.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MULTIPLE ENTRY APPLICANTS
Multiple entry visa endorsed for six (6) months, for example, means the applicant is granted unlimited entries into Ghana within six months of the date of issue of the visa. It does not entitle the applicant to enter and remain in Ghana for six months. On each entry into Ghana, the period of permitted stay in Ghana will be endorsed by Ghana Immigration at the point of entry, usually sixty (60) days.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA APPLICANTS

  • Should be of Italian nationality or be officially resident in Italy or any of the countries of concurrent accreditation.
  • Passport should be valid for at least six (6) months and must have at least two (2) blank pages opposite each other.
  • Should submit the following:
    a)Fully completed application form in CAPITAL LETTERS in English
    b) One recent passport size photograph (taken not more than six (6) months prior to application) and showing full face of applicant, without a hat, cap and sunglasses.
    c) A photocopy of international certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever.
    d) A photocopy of the return ticket or a flight confirmation print-out from an acknowledged Travel Agency
    e)Photocopy of the biodata page of applicant’s passport.
    f)Photocopy of Italian resident permit.
    g) Hotel reservation or an invitation letter (signed and dated) from a friend, business partner or relation in Ghana and a copy of their passport biodata page or national identification card (For Ghanaian nationals) and Resident permit (for Foreign nationals resident in Ghana)
PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE FORMS AND INCORRECT INFORMATION WILL RENDER YOUR APPLICATION FOR PERMIT / VISA VOID

BUSINESS VISAS

In addition to the above requirements, applications for business visas should be submitted with a letter written in English from the applicant's employer guaranteeing his/her stay in Ghana and stating the reasons for the visit. Applicants should also submit a letter from the inviting company, signed and dated and accompanied by a copy of the signatory’s passport biodata page. In addition, copies of the firm’s Certificate of Incorporation and Certificate to Commence Business should be included in the application. Please supply the Names, Addresses, Telephone numbers and Email addresses of the Business Associates and their Companies as references in Ghana. A hotel may be used only as a second reference. The Consular Officer reserves the right to demand a letter of guarantee from business associates in Ghana.

VISITORS / TOURIST VISAS

Visa Applicants for tourist visas are to submit in addition to the above the following documents:

  • Invitation letters from their hosts/hostesses in Ghana, including full residential and postal address, telephone numbers and email addresses;
  • Photocopy of passport of host/sponsor, and copy of Residence/Work Permit of the host if the host is not a Ghanaian national;
  • Attestation from hotel duly signed and stamped by the accredited staff, confirming their reservation (Note: We do not accept unsigned email communication), in addition to personal contact; name, address and telephone number in Ghana in case of emergency.
  • Foreigners married to Ghanaians need to bring letters from their spouses, including copies of their valid Ghanaian passports as well as Italian Residence Permits or residence permits from any of the countries of concurrent accreditation.
  • STUDY VISAS

    Should be accompanied by a letter from your College Administrator or your Professor – stating the reasons for your visit and your financial means whilst in Ghana in English. You should provide a Letter of Acceptance from the Institution to which you will be attached to during your practical training in Ghana. Please use the name, address, telephone number and email address of the Institution in Ghana as your reference in Ghana.

    EMPLOYMENT VISAS

    Prospective employees may be engaged in employment within the authorized immigrant quota. Applicants must provide evidence of an Employment Contract, and proof of grant of Employment quota in Ghana. Two references are required, one of which should be the company or organisation you will be working for whilst in Ghana.

    VISA BY COURIER

    Visa applications by courier will be accepted and processed. It is the responsibility of applicants to make arrangements for the collection of their passports.

    VISA APPLICATION FORMS

    Application forms can also be obtained directly from the Embassy in Rome or Ghana Honorary Consulates. The forms can also be downloaded from the Embassy’s website.

Visa Application Details

  • APPLICATION FEES

    The following fees are payable with effect from January 2005.

    Entry Type Fee
    Single Entry €50.00
    Single Entry Business €50.00
    Single Entry Tourist €50.00
    Multiple Entry (3 months) €75.00
    Multiple Entry (6 months) €100.00
    Multiple Entry (1 year) €150.00
    Multiple Entry (5 Years - US Citizens Only) €150.00

    Visa application fees are non-refundable after submission

  • PAYMENT METHODS

    Acceptable methods of payment
    Payments should be made by cash. Bank or Post bank transfers are not acceptable.
  • PROCESSING PERIOD

    Please allow at least three (3) working days for the processing of your visa application.
  • EXEMPTED COUNTRIES

    Under Section 3 (Exemptions) of the Ghana Visa Regulations, the following countries and category of persons are exempted from entry visas to Ghana:
    A) Citizens of ECOWAS Countries:
     Benin Guinea Nigeria
     Burkina Faso  Guinea Bissau  Senegal
     Cape Verde  Liberia  Togo
     Cote d'Ivoire  Mali  Sierra Leone
     Gambia  Niger  
    B) All nationals of the following countries:
    Kenya  Singapore  Trinidad & Tobago 
     Rwanda Indonesia  Lesotho 
     Malawi Tanzania  Uganda 
     Zimbabwe    
    c) Holders of Diplomatic/Service passports of the following countries: Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Iran (for a period not exceeding three (3) months)
    d) Holders of official passports of the African Union, Regional Economic Communities in Africa, United Nations and its specialised agencies, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
    e) E. Persons in direct airside transit.
  • VISA ON ARRIVAL

    All nationals of member states of the African Union (AU).
  • VALIDITY PERIOD

    A single-entry visa is valid for entry into Ghana within three (3) months, i.e. the visa expires if not used to travel within three months from date of issue. However, the actual period permitted for stay in Ghana shall be as endorsed by Ghana Immigration Service at the point of entry into Ghana, usually sixty (60) days.

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