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 merit. This means that the payment of visa fees 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 to Ghana must possess a valid passport and a valid visa/entry permit, Nationals of ECOWAS member states and other countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements are exempted.

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 on Transit.

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

4. Visas are valid for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. If the holder does not travel to Ghana within three (3) months, the visa becomes invalid.

5. Persons who enter Ghana as tourists are not permitted by law to take up any form of employment (paid or unpaid), to establish or engage in any business, or to enrol in a school as a student, participate in any educational or business meeting/programme other than tourism, or to change their immigration status after arrival. Offenders will have their visas revoked and would face deportation from Ghana or 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. Such applications must however 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 applicants must be either Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, or Icelandic citizens or of  a foreign nationality, with legal residence 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 unfit.

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.

Inoculations

Visitors to Ghana shall 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 guarantee 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)

GRATIS

Gratis visas are granted to holders of Diplomatic passports and their families as well as Service Passport holders  .These applications must be submitted with a Note Verbale in addition to the regular requirements.

BUSINESS

1.   Business visas are granted to business people  travelling 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.   Applications 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 letter from sponsors giving details of the activities that they will undertake in Ghana, shall be submitted with a completed  press accreditation form for the approval of the Ministry of Information, Ghana, along with their visa applications.

TOURIST

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

STUDIES

This Visa is for foreign students intending to study in Ghana. The application must be submitted together with the regular requirements and a Letter of Acceptance from the Educational or Training Institution in which the student/applicant will be studying, as well as evidence of the applicant’s financial capability to cater for him/herself  during the period of study.

SPOUSE OR CHILD OF A GHANAIAN NATIONAL (FAMILY)

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

Application Guidelines


How to Apply

You can apply for the visa by post or in person. One (1) application form must be completed in English (CAPITAL LETTERS), your name on the application must match the name  in your passport and the form must be signed in the same manner you signed your passport and dated. The completed form must be submitted with the following:

•    A passport with an expiry date of not less than (6) months at the time of application

•    One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cmx4.5cm colour photographs with plain white background)

•    A flight ticket reservation.

•    A copy of an International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever

•    It takes a minimum of five (5) working days to process regular visa applications whilst Express visa applications take a minimum of 24hours.

Please ensure that you submit all the required documents. Submission of an incomplete application form may delay the processing of the application or, in some cases, result in its rejection.

To collect your passport from the Embassy, you must present the original receipt at the front desk. If a representative is collecting your passport  on your behalf, the said individual must present a letter authorising pick-up and a photo ID. Applications by post must be submitted with Self-Addressed Pre-paid Envelopes to facilitate the return of your passport and original documents, or you may engage a courier service for their return.

NB: ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE EMBASSY MUST BE IN ENGLISH OR FROM A CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR

Visa Type and Requirements

Tourism / VisitBusinessOfficialStudies / Voluntary/ InternshipResearch / WorkMedia
1. Original Passport

2. New: One (1) Duly Completed Visa Application Form

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

4. A copy of flight ticket reservation.

5. New: One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photograph with plain white background) 6. *Parental Consent Form (for persons less than 18years of age +Copy of Parent’s ID)
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. New: One (1) Duly CompletedVisa Application Form

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

4. A copy of flight ticket reservation.

5. New: One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photograph with plain white background)

6. Invitation Letter from Business partners in Ghana.

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

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. New: One (1) Duly Completed Visa Application Form

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

4. A copy of flight ticket reservation.

5. New: One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photograph with plain white background)

6. Note Verbale

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. New: One (1) Duly Completed Visa Application Form

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

4. A copy of flight ticket reservation.

5. New: One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photograph with plain white background)

6. Copy of Admission Letter from Ghana

7. Letter of Introduction from Applicant’s school.

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

9. Copy of Vaccination Card

10. Receipt of payment of fees NB:

11. Nationals of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit.
1. Original Passport

2. New: One (1) Duly Completed Visa Application Form

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

4. A copy of flight ticket reservation.

5. New: One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cm x4.5cm colour photograph with plain white background)

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

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. New: One (1) Duly Completed Visa Application Form

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

4. A copy of flight ticket reservation.

5. New: One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cm x 4.5cm colour photograph with plain white background)

6. Copy of Press Accreditation approved from Ghana.

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.

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

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

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

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 a visitor’s permit. Applicants who violate visa regulations, and engage in any form of employment, business meeting, etc. whilst on a Tourist Visa, shall face prosecution leading to deportation or a jail sentence.  

Visitors in Transit

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

•    The visitor must have a valid visa and should be eligible to enter the country he/she is transiting to.

•    The visitor must present proof of continuous journey to the country of destination.  

•    The visitor shall not decide to terminate his journey in the transit country.


Visa Application Fees and Codes

SV = Single Entry Visa

MV1 = Multiple Entry One Year

MV3 = Multiple Entry 3Months

MV6 = Multiple Entry 6Months

  Note: Please indicate the appropriate fee code example 3MV1, 5SV, etc. on your application form as well as your bank transfer message.

Visa Code

CATEGORYDURATION OF STAYProcessing Time
24 HRS
Processing Time
3 DAYS
Processing Time
5 DAYS
SINGLE ENTRY(SV) 30 DAYS 24SV 3SV 5SV
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV3) 3 MONTHS 24MV3 3MV3 5MV3
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV6) 6 MONTHS 24MV6 3MV6 5MV6
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV1) 1 YEAR 24MV1 3MV1 5MV1

Visa Fee

CATEGORYDURATION OF STAYProcessing Time
24 HRS
Processing Time
3 DAYS
Processing Time
5 DAYS
SINGLE ENTRY (SV) 30 DAYS NOK 2,400 NOK 1,200 NOK 950
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV3) 3 MONTHS NOK 3,000 NOK 1,800 NOK 1,700
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV6) 6 MONTHS NOK 3,600 NOK 2,400 NOK 2,200
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV1) 1 YEAR NOK 4,000 NOK 3,600 NOK 3000

Completed Application

Completed applications must be submitted to the Embassy either in person or posted to the address below:

Consular Section

Embassy Of Ghana

Akersgata 1 (5th Floor)

0158, Oslo

Norway

Processing Time

The processing time for  Standard Visa applications is Five (5) working days, whilst Express applications takes 24Hours or Three (3) working days starting from the date the applicant meets all the necessary requirements for the approval of  his/her application. Applicants who submit Incomplete applications would delay the processing of their applications.

Please note that Incomplete applications will 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 delays.

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

Postage/Pick up

1.Applicants may collect their passports in person at the Embassy, BETWEEN 3:00pm TO 4PM FROM MONDAY-FRIDAY

2. Applicants who would like their passports to be returned by post are encouraged to arrange a self-addressed prepaid envelope or courier service for the return of the passport containing the visa.

Method of Payment

a. Payment may also be made through a terminal device at the Embassy or by Certified Bank Cheque. All consular fees can be paid into DNB Account (details below). All bank charges/fees must be paid by the applicant. Please do not post cash!!

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

c. To speed up processing of the application, applicants are advised to make payment directly at the nearest DNB and submit application with their receipt of payment.

Bank Transfer

The Embassy accepts bank transfers paid into the Mission’s DNB Account. Please find details below:

For those OUTSIDE Norway

     Bank Name     : DNB

     SWIFT            : DNBANOKKXXX

     IBAN             : NO38 1506 2064 878

For those IN Norway

     Bank Name : DNB

     Account No : 1506 2064 878

DNB Address:

     Dronning Eufemias Gate 30,

     0021 Oslo

     Norway

The Embassy wishes to request all applicants to ensure that the name of the payee corresponds with the name on the application made to the Embassy. Applicants who transfer their fees through another party are to make sure that the said party, indicates on whose behalf the transfer was made.

Bank Charges

Money transferred from another bank other than a DNB will attract a transfer charge. Applicants are therefore advised to check and 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.

Application Fees are NOT REFUNDABLE if the application is unsuccessful.