Ghana Announces Visa Policy for Nigerians
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has announced a life-changing new policy for AU nationals. Nigerian passport holders and other AU nationals travelling to Ghana would need more than an international passport to travel to Ghana and would be issued with visas on arrival.
According to Francis Palmdeti, the Head of Public Affairs of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS); “Travellers must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas”.
The new policy is in line with a process outlined by the AU towards the adoption of a Protocol on Free Movement of People by January 2018 during its Executive Council meeting held earlier this year in Addis Ababa.
The country’s flagship point of entry, the Kotoka International Airport, is expected to pilot the visa-on-arrival policy, to be implemented at all other airports in Ghana within three months of its existence.
“All AU nationals affected by this policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months, from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel.
“Travellers must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas,’’ Palmdeti stressed.
During its 28th Ordinary Session in January, the AU endorsed a report on the challenges faced by its member nations and Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) as regards free access to all AU member states, movement of people and goods.
It reiterated its commitment to “Pan-Africanism and African integration” but “acknowledged the need to develop parameters to deal with concerns raised with regards to security and the threat of terrorism and international crime.”
Member states are urged “to ensure the issuance of Visas on arrival for citizens of AU Member States with the option to stay in a Member State for up to thirty (30) days.”
These parameters adopted by the GIS has swung into immediate effect in the country. According to Palmdeti, Ghana has received commendation from the AU Commission for being the first AU member state to Adopt the policy.