How can you obtain an entry visa or visa on arrival to Ghana? An entry visa issued by Ghana Immigration Service is a permit issued to foreigners who wish to enter or transit through Ghana’s territory. Emergency Entry Visa is issued upon arrival and is usually valid between 14 to 30 days. A person can obtain a visa on arrival by applying to the Comptroller-General of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). The application must be filed by the host person or entity in Ghana on behalf of the visiting foreign national.

All persons entering Ghana must be in possession of a valid passport or an official travel document establishing the identity of the holder. Travel documents such as Laisser-Passers and other travel documents issued by Governments or International Agencies are recognized by the Government of Ghana.

Visa on Arrival – What is the cost?

The official fee for a visa on arrival or emergency entry visa is $150 per person, whether children or adult. Currently, all visa processing fees must be paid before approval is given by the Comptroller-General of Immigration. In cases where one is being invited by Government Ministry, Department or Agency, the applicant may be requested to pay the fee upon arrival in Ghana.

How to obtain a Visa to Ghana – simple steps to follow

Pursuant to regulation 4 of the Immigration Regulations 2001, LI 1691, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), in streamlining the process of issuing of Emergency Entry visas has stipulated the following guidelines;

  1. Emergency entry visas are processed within seven (7) working days of submission of applications.
  2. A visa application letter must be submitted at the Headquarters of Ghana Immigration Service, Accra. The application letter must highlight the following information relating to the guest or applicant;
  1. Country of origin
  2. Date of arrival
  3. Duration of Stay
  4. Purpose of visit (detailed)
  5. Address of lodging
  6. Address abroad
  7. Occupation or profession
  8. Telephone number – abroad
  9. Email address

3.     The following documents are to be attached to the visa application letter;

  1. Certificate to commence business
  2. Certificate of incorporation
  3. Company’s regulations
  4. Tax clearance certificate
  5. Audited accounts (where company has been in existence for 5 years and above)
  6. Bank statement (where the host is an individual)
  7. Copy of residence permit (where the host is non-Ghanaian)
  8. Bio-data page of passport of the applicant
  9. Bio-data page of passport or copy of the identity card of signatory of the application letter
  10. All letters to the GIS must be addressed to the Comptroller-General, Ghana Immigration Service, Headquarters, Accra.
  11. Travel ticket
  12. Proof of stay whiles in Ghana (if hotel)

4.     Conditions for Consideration of Emergency Entry Visa applications

The applicant must be proceeding from a country where;

  1. Ghana has no diplomatic mission or consulate
  2. Ghana has a representative but the entry into Ghana is being sought for an emergency assignment or
  3. The distance between the place of abode of the applicant and the Ghana Consulate office is such that the impromptu nature of the applicant’s journey cannot make it possible for the applicants to travel to the office of a visa.
  4. The applicant is proceeding to Ghana at a short notice for business transactions.

In accordance with section 6 of the Immigration Act 2000, Act 573, the Ghana Immigration Service may make enquiries or request the production of further evidence to satisfy itself of the truth of statements made in the application.

Additional guidelines to avoid delays for Visa on arrival

From our experience, the fastest way for you to obtain a visa on arrival or emergency entry visa without delay is to;

  1. Proper documentation
  2. Attach all relevant documents
  3. Highlight all necessary information in the application letter
  4. Submit your application on time


  • Rohan Sewnarain
    Posted at 14:11h, 12 April Reply

    I am from Guyana.Can the process to get an emergency be done online . Is there an email address for the Comptroller-General of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

    • firmusadmin
      Posted at 06:46h, 31 May Reply

      Hi Rohan, we can facilitate your visa process to Ghana. Let us know the dates you intend to make this trip. We will require your passport copy, ticket and hotel details for your Ghana trip. THX

  • Debjeet Sen
    Posted at 08:33h, 29 May Reply

    Hi–I am an American citizen with a short-term residency permit for South Africa. However, I am currently in Mozambique on a long-term assignment (in possession on a multiple-entry three-month business visa), where there is no Ghanaian mission. I am planning on being in Ghana for a short 2-day trip for tourism purposes in June (tentatively, arriving Friday, June 22 around 10pm and departing Sunday 24 around 10 pm). Are you able to assist with obtaining permission for me to receive a visa on arrival? As I have explained previously, there is no Ghanaian mission here in Mozambique and I won’t be in South Africa long enough during my onward travels to obtain a visa from the Ghanaian consulate there.

    Thanks–and looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best, Debjeet.

    • firmusadmin
      Posted at 06:44h, 31 May Reply

      Hi Debjeet, yes we are able to process a visa on arrival for you within 4 working days. We will require your passport bio-data, hotel booking and flight ticket to commence.

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