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Consular Section
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Consular Services

The information on this page is intended to provide you with the procedures pertaining to the acquisition of a visa for entry into Ghana, Ghana passports and travel certificates. Information is also provided on other aspects of the Consular activities of the High Commission. You may contact the Head of the Consular Section should you require further assistance.

  • General information
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Emergency Travel certificates
  • Dual citizenship
  • Download visa application form

General Information

Working Hours:
The Consular section is open to the general public from 0930hrs to 1230hrs from Monday to Friday.
Phone contact:
The consular section can be reached on the High Commission’s general number (012) 342 5847;
Fax: (012) 342 5863 E-mails intended for the consular section may be sent to: info@ghanahighcom.org.za
Visas
Guidelines for visa applicants
All South Africans and other nationals resident in South Africa, (except citizens of ECOWAS member states) require visas to travel to Ghana.
Visa fees:
  • Single entry: R250 – Maximum duration of single entry visa is one month from the date of arrival in Ghana.
  • Single entry transit: R250 – Maximum duration for a single entry transit visa is 48 hours from date of arrival
  • Multiple entry visa: R600 – Maximum duration for a multiple entry visa is 12 months
  • Multiple entry transit: R600 – Maximum duration for a multiple entry transit visa is 30 days
  • Gratis visas: 3 months duration.
Processing Time
3 working days.
Form of payment
Payment must be by cash or Post Link postal order.
Cheques are not accepted.
Requirements for visa Applicants:
  • Should have a valid Passport with expiry date of at least six (6) months from date of application for visa. Where necessary, evidence of legal residence in South Africa or in Mission’s areas of concurrent accreditation is required.
  • Should submit the visa application form, completed in quadruplicate.
  • Form must be fully completed in BLOCK (CAPITAL) LETTERS.
  • Four (4) recent passport size photographs
  • An international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever
  • A photocopy of return ticket or onward ticket in case of transiting applicants
  • Letter from present employer/institution confirming status, or if self employed, particulars of business
  • Letter of invitation from persons or institutions in Ghana inviting the applicant. (Paragraph 7 on the application form must be well completed with full name, addresses and telephone numbers of contacts in Ghana. Where applicant has no contact in Ghana and visit is for tourism purposes, the name of the hotel and a hotel booking slip is required).
  • Media personnel, i.e. journalists, film crew, cameramen, etc. must complete press accreditation forms in addition to the visa application forms. These should be supported with letters of introduction stating the purpose of the trip. Processing time: + 7 working days.
  • Applicants from : Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Malaysia are issued Gratis visas
APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE HIGH COMMISSION OR DOWNLOADED
Passports

New Ghanaian passports are issued to Ghanaians in South Africa and accredited countries to replace expired, full, lost or damaged passports and to Ghanaian children born in South Africa or accredited countries.
Passport application forms may be obtained only from the Consular Section at the High Commission for R250
Processing time for applications: Two (2) weeks.

Requirements :
Expired Passports:
  • Submit complelted application form with four (4) passport size photographs as well as the old passport.
  • Processing fee: - R900
Missing Passports:
  • Submit completed application form
  • A police report to the effect that passport is missing, and stating circumstances of the loss.
  • Provide proof of Ghanaian citizenship - either the original of birth certificate, baptismal certificate or a voter identity card, and photocopy of the lost passport, if available.
  • Processing fee for missing passport: – R1800.
  • Damaged passports must be submitted to the Consular Officer before a passport form can be purchased.
  • Processing fee for damaged passports: – R1800.
Passports for Ghanaian children born in South Africa and Accredited Countries
  • Original and copy of child’s Birth Certificate. (unabridged i.e. Birth Certificate must have the full names of both parents).
  • Photocopies of relevant pages of the parents' passports. If only one parent is Ghanaian, submit the photocopy of the passport of that parent.
  • Submit completed passport form. Note: witnesses and guarantors must be Ghanaians.
  • Processing feet: - R900
Endorsements

An application for an endorsement e.g. change of name, profession, etc must be supported with the relevant documents, certificates etc.

  • A change of name for any Ghanaian must be supported with an affidavit.
  • Married Ghanaian women applying for a change of name, original and copy of marriage certificate is required in addition.
  • Request for endorsement for a change of profession must be supported with a certificate indicating the new profession and a letter of introduction from applicant’s current employer.

Cost of endorsement form: - R200

Child Insertion
  • Submit completed endorsement form
  • The original and copy of the child’s full or unabridged birth certificate
Emergency travel certificate

Emergency Travel Certificates are issued to Ghanaians who wish to return to Ghana but have lost their passports. The following are the requirements:

  • Applicant must submit to an interview at the High Commission.
  • Submit proof of Ghanaian citizenship - Original birth or baptismal certificate or a voter ID card.
  • A photocopy of the applicant's lost passport if available.
  • 2 passports sized photographs
  • Cost of Travel Certificate: - R400
IN ALL CASES, PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE FORMS & INCORRECT INFORMATION WILL DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION
Dual Citizenship

Ghanaians who hold citizenship of another country may, where applicable, apply for dual citizenship, which will enable them to use Ghanaian passports. Requirements are as follows:

  • Submit application letter to the High Commissioner.
  • Proof of Ghanaian citizenship i.e. old passport, birth certificate, parents' passports or birth certificates
  • Photocopy of current citizenship
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of 2 close relatives living in Ghana
  • Cost of Dual Citizenship form: R800
  • Processing fee: - R300
Repatriation of mortal remains to Ghana

South African funeral homes intending to repatriate mortal remains of a Ghanaian national to Ghana must provide:

  1. Passport/photocopy of passport of the deceased
  2. Death certificate
  3. Burial certificate where applicable
  4. Embalmment certificate indicating chemicals used
  5. Letter of clearance with the relevant Provincial Health Authority.
 
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