AU citizens to obtain Ghana visa on arrival
Ghana has formally commenced its visa-free entry policy for citizens of the African Union member states at the weekend. Under this arrangement, nationals from AU countries will be issued visa only on arrival in the country.
ECOWAS citizens already enjoy visa-free regime to Ghana under the existing ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons and goods in the sub-region. Thus, they are neither required to apply for visa to travel to, nor obtain an entry visa into the country.
President John Mahama announced the commencement of the new policy at a state function to commemorate the 56th Republic Day of Ghana in Accra at the weekend.
The Ghanaian leader said in the spirit of the African Union, Ghana decided to open its door to all AU states, adding that the nation had further established a special visa arrangement with Kenya and Mauritius under bilateral agreements with the two countries.
Mahama expressed optimism that the visa onarrival-policy would boost trade relations between Ghana and the rest of the continent and further deepen socio-cultural exchanges with them.
The country is the first African Union member country to fully implement this policy.
President Mahama in March during the 2016 State of the Nation address had announced that with effect from July, citizens from AU states would no longer apply for visa to travel to Ghana, but be issued visa on arrival.
He said Ghanaian authorities may decide not to give visa to any applicant whose presence could pose threat to national security.