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Immigration To Ghanaians: Starting March 1, You Can Use Your Ghana Card As An E-passport.

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has no announced that it would begin admitting Ghanaians and dual nationals returning to Ghana using valid Ghana Cards as their travel document on March 1, 2022.

This follows the completion of the GIS connecting its systems to the National Identification Authority (NIA) database.

Ghana Card valid for countries that have bilateral agreements with Ghana

The dispensation was only available for travellers from countries that have bilateral agreements with Ghana.

Thus while the card could be used to arrive in Ghana from the country of embarkation, it could not be used as a travel document outside to countries that have no agreements with Ghana.

Thus, for now, the card could not be used outside the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“It is important for all travellers to note that until bilateral agreements are signed with other countries, the Ghana Card cannot be used to travel outside the ECOWAS sub-region. He also indicated that Ghanaians who have renounced their Ghanaian citizenship to obtain the citizenship of other countries are not eligible to travel on the Ghana Card. However, Ghanaians with dual citizenship who have the Ghana Card could use it when they arrive.

Supt Amoako-Atta said the GIS has put in some measures at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to ensure the smooth facilitation of the process.

He explained that there will be designated booths at the arrival hall to process Ghanaian passengers who travel on the Ghana Card into Ghana.

“Upon arrival, the identity of the Ghana Card holder will be verified against the National Identity Register (NIR), and once the passenger’s identity has been successfully verified, the passenger will be admitted into the country,” he explained. I’m

He explained that the dispensation was only available for travellers from countries that have bilateral agreements with Ghana. Thus while the card could be used to arrive in Ghana from the country of embarkation, it could not be used as a travel document outside to countries that have no agreements with Ghana.

Thus, for now, the card could not be used outside the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“It is important for all travellers to note that until bilateral agreements are signed with other countries, the Ghana Card cannot be used to travel outside the ECOWAS sub-region. He also indicated that Ghanaians who have renounced their Ghanaian citizenship to obtain the citizenship of other countries are not eligible to travel on the Ghana Card. However Ghanaians with dual citizenship who have the Ghana Card could use it when they arrive.

“While people who have renounced their Ghanaian citizenship and now using other country’s travel documents are not eligible to travel on the Ghana card, dual nationals holding the Ghana Card will not require visas to enter Ghana,” he emphasised.

NIA

Meanwhile, the National Identification Authority (NIA) says the Ghana card has all the credentials needed to be used as an electronic passport.
Describing as a huge milestone for the Ghana card to be recognised by the ICAO as a valid travel document, the acting Head of Public Affairs at the NIA, Mr Abudu Abdul Ganiyu said the credentials on the form used to apply for the card satisfied the requirements of the ICAO.

“Ghanaians with Ghana cards can now come home without passport or visa, all they need is to pick up their Ghana card and join the next flight” he reiterated.

Again, he revealed that, for all in-bound flight into Ghana, anyone in possession of the Ghana card will be able to travel because all the electronic gates that are ICAO certified will be able to read the Ghana card information into the passport.

He also verified that the e-passport allowed Ghanaians to travel inside the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-regions using only the Ghana Card, but that it could be used for other nations once an agreement was reached with those countries.

“Some two, three years to come, we will not be using paper passport, we would be using the e-passport and that will make the Ghana card very relevant,” he said.

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