Visa-on-arrival planned for nationals of African Union states in Ghana

The government of Ghana recently announced that it will allow citizens of African Union member states to enter the country without a visa and obtain a visa-on-arrival for up to thirty days, beginning July 2016.

The African Union (AU), founded in 2001, consists of 54 countries in Africa. The only African state that is not a member is Morocco. Once the new AU visa-on-arrival program is implemented, a national of any African Union member state can visit Ghana from their country of origin or residence without a visa. This will remove the need for consular visa processing. However, on arrival at the port of entry, an entry permit allowing a stay of up to thirty days will be issued at the discretion of the Immigration Officer on duty.

Only nationals of the fifteen countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are visa exempt for travel to Ghana, while other nationals still require a visa.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management’s website.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak: