DEMISE OF FORMER PRESIDENT H.E. FLT. LT. (RTD) JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS
The Embassy wishes to inform with deep sorrow the demise of the 1st President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings on Thursday, 12th November, 2020 after a short illness. He was 73years.
The Government of Ghana has declared seven (7) days of national mourning from 13th November to 20th November, 2020.
Due to current protocol measures that have been put in place to curtail the spread of the coronavirus infections, the Embassy will not open a Book of Condolence. However, messages of condolences may be conveyed to the Embassy through its official email address, email@example.com.
May the soul of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings rest in perfect peace.
Resumption of Visa Services
In line with the opening of Ghana’s borders by air effective Tuesday, 1st September, 2020, the Embassy wishes to announce the resumption of visa services to Ghana with immediate effect. The public is therefore, kindly advised to take note of the revised working days and hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic:
- The Consular Section of the Embassy will continue to be opened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays except on Ghanaian and Norwegian Public Holidays;
- The Consular Section will receive applications on consular days (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) from 10:00am to 2:00pm; and
- Issued visas and passports may be collected from Monday to Friday between 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
The public is advised to send in their applications via post to reduce person-to-person contact and exposure to the virus. Applicants are also requested to include in their applications a self-addressed, pre-paid and registered return envelope and avoid using the white “etikettlapp” from the Post Office as these expire the day after purchase and cannot be used to return your documents.
The General Public is also kindly requested to take note that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Embassy now closes at 3:00pm each day instead of the usual closing time of 4:00pm.
Wishing you good health and please keep safe.
Re-opening of Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport
The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, 30th August, 2020 announced that the Kotoka International Airport will re-open and resume operations from Tuesday, 1st September, 2020.
As part of the arrangements in re-opening of the airport, the following measures have been put in place to lower the importation and/or resurgence of the virus into the country:
- Any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. This test should have been done not more than seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin and shown to the airlines during pre-boarding formalities;
- Passengers disembarking from the aircraft must continue to wear their facial masks;
- Each passenger will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee of the equivalent of USD150.00 to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within thirty (30) minutes;
- Children under the ages of five (5) will not be required to undergo testing at the airport;
- Passengers whose test results come out as positive for COVID-19 will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management; and
- Passengers whose test results come out as negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities. They are advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.
Prospective visitors are advised to review the Guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service for more information on the safety measures by clicking the following link https://ghanaembassyoslo.no/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/KIA-COVID-19-PROTOCOLS-FOR-REOPENING-KIA-TO-INTL-FLIGHTS.pdf:
Phase out of Machine-readable Passports
The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Oslo wishes to inform the Ghanaian community in Norway that machine-readable passport booklets are gradually being phased out by the Government of the Republic of Ghana and will be replaced with only biometric passport booklets.
THE EMBASSY WILL HENCEFORTH NOT BE ACCEPTING MACHINE-READABLE PASSPORT APPLICATIONS.
The Embassy intends to extend the validity of machine-readable passports by endorsing a one (1) year gratis stamp when such passports are submitted for renewal.