Independence Day virtual remarks by Amb. Mrs. Jennifer Lartey
Saturday, 6th March, 2021 marked the 64th Independence Day of the Republic of Ghana. The day Ghana freed itself from the shackles of colonialism and imperialism becoming the first nation in colonial Africa to gain independence.
The Day is usually marked in Ghana, in our Diplomatic Missions and Consulates and among the several Ghanaian Diaspora across the globe with pomp and pageantry. However, due to national restrictions on Covid-19, the Embassy was not able to hold a physical celebration to mark the Day.
Instead, the Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the Kingdom of Norway with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Finland and Iceland delivered virtual remarks to the various Ghanaian Associations/Union in Norway, Finland and Iceland to mark the occasion.
You can read the Ambassador’s remarks via the following link: https://ghanaembassyoslo.no/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/REMARKS-BY-AMB.-MRS.-LARTEY-ON-GHANAS-64TH-INDEPENDENCE-DAY-TO-THE-GHANAIAN-COMMUNITY-IN-NORWAY.pdf and view the recorded video of the remarks via the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6uffvir0pzb01ol/64th%20Independence%20Day%20Speech%20for%20NORWAY.MOV?dl=0 to the Ghanaian community in Norway.
You can read the Ambassador’s remarks via the following link: https://ghanaembassyoslo.no/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/REMARKS-BY-AMB.-MRS.-LARTEY-ON-GHANAS-64TH-INDEPENDENCE-DAY-TO-THE-GHANAIAN-COMMUNITY-IN-FINLAND.pdf and view the recorded video of the remarks via the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xogudvipd5re3ct/64th%20Independence%20Day%20Remarks%20to%20Ghanaian%20Community%20in%20FINLAND.MOV?dl=0 to the Ghanaian community in Finland.
You can read the Ambassador’s remarks via the following link: https://ghanaembassyoslo.no/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/REMARKS-BY-AMB.-MRS.-LARTEY-ON-GHANAS-64TH-INDEPENDENCE-DAY-TO-THE-GHANAIAN-COMMUNITY-IN-ICELAND.pdf and view the recorded video of the remarks via the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ifp2cs390c7gu8m/64th%20Independence%20Day%20Remarks%20to%20Ghanaian%20Community%20in%20ICELAND.MOV?dl=0 to the Ghanaian community in Iceland.
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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE NORWEGIAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES
The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services has released the following important webpages and links (available in several languages) with information on Covid-19 regulations in Norway for the upcoming holidays:
- Information from Helsenorge.no regarding the rules and regulations about Covid-19 quarantine and –testing in Norway in English, Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Spanish, German, French, Somali, Tigrinya, Urdu and Arabic: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/
- Information about coronavirus from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chin, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, English, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish – Kurmanji, Kurdish – Sorani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Nepali, Pashto, Persian – Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sami, Serbian, Somali, Sorani, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek and Vietnamese: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/information-material/generell-informasjon-om-koronavirus-pa-flere-sprak/
- Information about from The Norwegian Directorate of Public Health – also films and posters – in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Dari, English, Filipino – Tagalog, French, German, Italian, Kurdish – Kurmanji, Kurdish – Sorani, Lithuanian, Pashto, Persian – Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek and Vietnamese: https://www.helsedirektoratet.no/english/corona/information-in-other-languages-covid-19
- The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) in Norway has also collected web resources from public authorities and nation centers in different languages. You will find more information here: https://www.imdi.no/en/about-imdi/coronavirus-useful-websites-in-other-languages/
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.