Ghana business visa application, requirements, price, and processing time

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There are several visas foreigners hoping to visit Ghana may apply for, and a business visa is one of them. Ghana is open for business, especially after the end of the pandemic; however, this visa is only issued to those who are eligible for it and have supporting documents to validate their applications. This page contains information about the Ghana business visa and how to apply for it.

Ghana Economy

The Republic of Ghana is a former British Colony formerly known as the Gold Coast, and it gained its independence in March 1957. Ever since then, the West African country has witnessed the highs and lows of nation-building.  Boasting a population of more than 30 million, it is one of the region's most peaceful countries and the second-largest economy after Nigeria.

Ghana’s economy has grown as its GDP has expanded due to foreign direct investment. There are expatriates from different parts of the world who live, work and do business in Ghana, and most of them have business visas.

Does Every Foreign National Need A Visa To Enter Ghana?

Not every foreign national requires a visa to enter Ghana.  Ghana is a member of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, so citizens of other ECOWAS nations such as Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Gambia, Senegal and others don’t need a visa to enter Ghana. Some citizens of Caribbean island states such as Trinidad and Tobago do not need a visa either to visit Ghana. The citizens of visa-free countries can enter and stay in Ghana visa-free for a period of 90 days.

However, if you are not a citizen of any of these countries, you definitely need a visa to enter Ghana

What Is A Ghana Business Visa?

A Ghana business visa is a special visa issued to citizens coming to Ghana for business-related activities. You can obtain this visa to attend business meetings, events and conferences, visit to sign documents or source raw materials. A company or organization may even invite you to Ghana. This visa is issued for business purposes, and the visa has different validity.

The single entry visa is valid for 90 days; a multiple entry visa is valid for 6 months, but there are other types of multiple entry visa that are valid for 1 year and 2 years, respectively.

Documents Required To Apply For A Ghana Business Visa

All single entry visa applicants for this visa must submit a completed staples visa application form with accurate information. Alongside the application form are supportive documents such as the following.

Ghana Visa Passport: A valid passport with at least 6 months validity counting from the day they arrive in Ghana. The passport must be theirs, original, and in good shape.

Photographs: 2 recent photographs on a white background showing the head, neck and shoulders clearly. Glasses are not allowed, and a neutral facial expression must be maintained

Return flight ticket: A copy of your return ticket reservation must be attached to the application form.

Itinerary: information about your itinerary stating your arrival and departure date

Yellow Fever vaccination: Travelers from selected countries must show a yellow fever vaccination certificate before they are allowed into Ghana. If they have not been vaccinated, they may need to receive the vaccines inside the airport.

Official Hotel Confirmation Letter: The minor visa applicant must show a signed hotel confirmation letter to indicate where they plan to stay during their stay.

Bank Statement: Bank statement to show proof of funds. The bank statement should cover the last 6 months and have sufficient balance to cover your daily expenses.  The bank statement should be stamped and approved by the issuing bank.

Cover Letter: If you are coming at the invite of an entity in Ghana, you must attach a cover letter sent by them to you. The cover letter must be on the company letterhead and contain the company’s contact address. The letter must also indicate the purpose of the visit

Income Tax: Proof of income tax returns for the last three years

How To Apply For a Ghana Business Visa

The Government of Ghana, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is not accepting online business visa applications. If you want to apply for a business visa, you must visit the Ghana High Commission in your home country.

Visit the embassy and request a visa application form. The form should be filled out and all supporting documents attached to it. You will also be asked to pay a visa fee for the processing, which should be paid into the embassy bank account.

After completing the application and attaching the supporting documents, submit the form for approval. If your application is successful, you will be invited back to the embassy to collect your Ghana business visa.


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