Ghana is set to embrace the festive spirit by introducing a 46-day visa-on-arrival initiative for visitors from December 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024. During this period, travelers won’t need to obtain pre-travel visas, as they’ll be granted visas upon arrival. This decision is part of the Ghanaian government’s ambitious 10-year ‘Beyond The Return’ campaign, aimed at encouraging Africans in the diaspora to explore and reconnect with the country, positioning Ghana as a prime destination for those of African descent.
A collaborative effort involving key ministries and authorities, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Interior, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Immigration Service, and the Ghana Tourism Authority, has paved the way for this visa-on-arrival initiative.
The Ministry of Transport emphasized the need to update systems to accommodate this new arrangement, urging those responsible for passenger check-ins not to insist on entry visas before boarding. Foreign Affairs Minister Ayorkor Botchwey hinted at Ghana’s consideration of allowing all Africans and people of African descent in the diaspora to enter the country visa-free. Presently, only Rwanda, Seychelles, The Gambia, and Benin offer visa-free entry for all African citizens.
Minister Botchwey emphasized the importance of attracting people of African descent worldwide to Ghana, especially with initiatives like the Year of Return and Beyond The Return turning the country into a pilgrimage destination.
The move to implement visa-free entry aligns with Ghana’s broader efforts to strengthen connections with the diaspora, establishing itself as a welcoming and accessible hub. This strategic step reflects the government’s commitment to boosting tourism, fostering cultural exchange, and celebrating the shared heritage of people of African descent globally.
An official announcement regarding visa-free entry for Africans is expected soon, underscoring the government’s dedication to making Ghana an even more inviting destination for visitors.