Ghanaians to board flight with Ghana Card without visa – Bawumia

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Ghana’s Vice President has announced that Ghanaians will soon use the Ghana Card to board flights without visas.



He said from the first quarter of 2022, the Ghana Card will be globally recognised as an e-passport.

He announced that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has duly accepted the usage of the cards as e-passport from the second quarter of 2022.

Speaking at a public lecture themed “Transforming an economy through digitalisation: The Ghana story,” held at the Ashesi University campus on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Vice President indicated that the Ghana Card was officially received as the 79th member of ICAO on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

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“This means that by the end of the first quarter next year, the Ghana Card will be recognised globally as an e-passport,” he stressed, adding: “When this happens, holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana.”

“Therefore, the good news to diasporan Ghanaians is that when the Ghana Immigration Service is linked to the NIA architecture, diasporan Ghanaians who hold the Ghana Card should not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana.

“We expect this to be operational by the end of the first quarter of next year.

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“Ghana is one of the few countries in the world where the national ID card is also an e-passport.”

So far, over 15 million Ghanaians have been enrolled on the Ghana Card with a target of the government to cover most of the population by the end of 2022.

The Ghana Card has become the only document for the ongoing nationwide SIM card registration exercise, which will end in March 2022.

“The issuance of the Ghana Card has provided Ghana with a database that will be the anchor for all transactions in the future, providing unique identity to all individuals.”

 

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