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Arrival in Accra

06/04/2019
Accra international airport

An information and protocol desk will be in place at the Kotoka International Airport to assist participants with arrival and departure formalities. Heads of delegations will be met upon arrival by the protocol team. A car with a driver and a liaison officer will be provided for each Governor. Shuttle buses will transport participants from the airport to their hotels.

Registration and badge collection:

Shuttle buses will transport participants from their hotels to collect their badges from the accreditation desk at the Accra International Conference Center.

Visas

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.

Requirements for those wishing to obtain a Ghana entry visa before arriving in Accra:

  • Applicants should be legally resident in the country where Ghana’s Mission is situated. 
  • Proof of travel (invitation letter or letter of confirmation of participation from the Bank).
  • A completed application form.
  • Applicant’s passport photographs should have been taken not more than three months before the date of submission.
  • Applicant should attach a copy of a return ticket or print-out of travel itinerary.
  • An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever.
  • Applicant’s passport must have a validity of at least six months.

Visa Exemptions

Nationals of ECOWAS member states and some other African countries are exempted from obtaining a visa before entering Ghana. Citizens from African Union member states who are not ECOWAS nationals may obtain a visa on arrival after paying the required fees. Similarly, holders of diplomatic/service passports of selected countries, persons in direct airside transit, as well as holders of official passports of some specialized agencies listed in the visa regime of Ghana are exempt from obtaining a visa.

Visa on Arrival

The Ghana Immigration Service has introduced this visa policy for visitors/business people who travel at short notice from countries where Ghana has no mission or consulate. The policy authorizes visas to be granted on arrival at the airport or other entry points, subject to the satisfaction of specific immigration requirements.

Requirements for emergency entry visa

  • An application letter from the host, stating where the traveler is coming from. If the host is a company/organization, it must be on letterhead.
  • State where the traveler is going to lodge.
  • State the point of entry into Ghana.
  • How long the traveler is going to stay.
  • A photocopy of the traveler’s passport (biodata page).

Special dispensation for Annual Meetings Participants/Invitees

Under a particular arrangement, the Ghanaian government intends to grant entry visas on arrival to participants, such as invited journalists, and any accompanying persons, coming from a country where there is no Ghanaian diplomatic representation, as part of the hospitality it is extending to everyone participating in the 2022 Annual Meetings.

To enable the Ghanaian government to issue the visa letter, any participant in that case, should provide the Bank with a copy of his/her passport page, his/her arrival date and flight details. Once the letter is issued, the Bank will send it to the applicant. This letter will allow him/her to board and obtain the visa on arrival in Ghana.

Covid-19 and yellow fever guidelines for travelers

Ghana has lifted the majority of Covid-19-related domestic measures and travel restrictions as of March 28, citing a decline in the number of infections recorded.

Domestic Measures

The wearing of facemasks is no longer required outdoors, but attendees of indoor events must wear masks and adhere to handwashing and other protocols. Churches, mosques, conferences, workshops, private parties and events, cinemas, theatres, sporting events, political gatherings, and funerals may resume at full capacity; however, participants must be fully vaccinated.

International Travel Restrictions

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter without restriction, while unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and will be vaccinated on arrival. The country has also opened its land and sea borders to passenger traffic.

All Ghanaians leaving the country must be vaccinated. By definition, a fully vaccinated person is someone who has taken both first and second doses of the following shots: Oxford AstraZeneca, BioNTech Pfizer, Moderna and Sputnik V. A single dose of Johnson & Johnson is also accepted as full vaccination.

Yellow Fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required on arrival from all foreign travelers nine months of age and older entering Ghana.

Advice: Before embarking on travel, seek updates and reconfirm travel guidelines relating to Covid-19 rules.

Ghana Missions abroad and geographical distribution

Ghana currently maintains 55 Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates-General (please see Appendix A). To complement the work of the Missions, 59 Honorary Consulates have also been established. Several Missions are also concurrently accredited to countries where Ghana does not have a resident diplomatic presence.

Foreign representations of the Republic of Ghana – Please click here for a full contact list.

Air transport

Over 20 local and international airlines operate in Ghana. They include:

  • Air Côte d’Ivoire
  • Air France
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Brussels Airlines
  • KLM
  • British Airways
  • Air Burkina
  • EgyptAir
  • Emirates
  • Asky
  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • Arik
  • Kenya Airways
  • Tap Portugal
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Africa World Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Air Peace
  • Rwand Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • South African Airways

Customs requirements

The Government of Ghana and Bank protocol officials will facilitate customs formalities for members of delegations participating in the Annual Meetings. Special arrangements will be made to ease customs formalities in accordance with national legislation.

It is strictly forbidden to bring prohibited substances into Ghana, including drugs, morphine, opium, cannabis, etc.

Firearms are prohibited. Any visitor wishing to bring a weapon of any kind into the country, including sporting weapons, must obtain a firearm-carrying permit. Dangerous goods are strictly forbidden from being brought into or exported from the country.