Entry Requirements for Ghana
All visitors to Ghana must be in possession of valid passports with not less than six (6) months’ validity. All visitors entering Ghana must have valid entry visas issued by a Ghana Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad or any other visa-issuing authority mandated by the Ghana Government to act on its behalf.
ECOWAS nationals and those of other countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements are exempted.
Requirements for Visa Applications
- Download the electronic Visa Application Form below, and complete.
- Submit together with four (4) recent passport-sized photo and the appropriate visa fee at least fifteen (15) days before intended date of travel.
- Letter of invitation from Ghana with copies of identity card of the person sending the invitation.
- Letter of introduction from traveller’s firm.
- Submit a copy of your return tickets.
- Copy of an international certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever.
- Passport and photocopy of passports data-page.
- Applicant’s passport must have validity of at least six (6) months.
- Criminal check report from Ministry of Interior.
- Additional requirements are needed for journalists and/or film crew who are covering events or shooting films in Ghana. Contact the Consular Section for more information.
- Names and addresses of references in Ghana to be provided.
- Letter of consent needed from parent/legal guardian for persons under 18 years.
Please see our full schedule of Consular fees here. For an emergency, three-day service, the visa fee is double the required fee.
All documents issued by Ghanaian authorities should be legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, The Spanish Embassy in Accra and the Judicial Service before presentation at the Embassy of Ghana, Madrid.
Conditions for the Issuance of Visas
- Visas may be granted to visitors to Ghana for tourism, business or transit purposes.
- Visas may be granted for single or multiple entry.
- Visas must be utilised within three (3) months of the date of issue. Visas valid for up to one year may be granted for specific purposes.
- Visitors travelling on business are required to furnish evidence of the fact, while those travelling at the invitation of Ghanaian nationals/residents or Ghanaian institutions should provide a letter of invitation from their hosts.
- Visitors must have proof of a return or a through ticket.
- Persons who enter the country as visitors are not permitted to take up employment even if there happens to be a vacancy on the Immigrant Quota of a prospective employer.
- Travellers are advised to have all the necessary documents before arriving in Ghana.
- Residents who are not Spanish are advised to bring evidence of their residence permit.
- Children travelling with or without their parents, must have their own passport or travel document, together with a letter of consent where applicable.
Standard Visa Applications take 10 working days. Applicants are advised to submit Visa Applications at least 15 days before the intended date of travel.
The Visa Application process only commences upon receipt of the hard copy of your Visa Application form, accompanied by all required supporting documents to the Embassy.
Persons entitled to enter Ghana without a visa on reciprocal basis
- Citizens from ECOWAS States by virtue of The Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, the Right of Residence and Establishment (PROTOCOL A/P1/5/79); Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
- Holders of Diplomatic, Service or Official Passports. Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Iran, Namibia. NB: Exemptions Category B above shall be for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days from date of entry.
- All nationals of the following countries: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Singapore, **South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
**Children with ordinary passports accompanying holders of diplomatic, service or official passports accredited to Ghana or South Africa are exempt from entry visa requirements.
The under-mentioned categories of persons are prohibited immigrants:
- A person of unsound mind.
- A person considered to be a security risk.
- A person against whom there is a deportation order in force.