Most foreign nationals arriving in Ghana are going to require a visa to enter the country. The only exception to this will be those travelling from:
- ECOWAS Countries (West African States)
It is not possible to get a visa on arrival for Ghana, meaning that people will need to apply before arriving in the country. The exact process for this will depend on the country from which people are applying. The usual way to do this is though the Ghanaian embassy or consulate in your country. If you come from a country where there is no Ghanaian representation, it may be possible to arrange this application via the British Embassy.
The usual tourist visa for Ghana is a single entry that allows the person to stay for up to three months; it is also possible to apply for a tourist visa that lasts up to a year. Those wishing to stay longer can apply for extensions from inside the country. It can take up to three weeks to process this type of visa application, so it is important to apply for this visa well in advance.
In order to be eligible for entry into Ghana, it is necessary to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate. This is not usually required when applying for the visa, but tourists are usually asked to present this when they arrive at customs.
All tourists arriving in Ghana need to have a passport that is valid for at least the duration of their intended trip. They will also need to have enough empty pages for any visa extensions they wish to apply for.