Have you ever planned of travelling outside the country? If yes, your reason may be for further studies, business or touring.
A valid Ghanaian passport is needed for the purpose of international travel. This article gives all the details you need to know when applying for a Ghanaian passport online.
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What is a passport?
It is a travel document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to citizens for primarily the purpose of international travel. It certifies the identity and nationality of its holder.
A standard Ghanaian passport contains holder’s name, date of birth, photograph, signature etc. A passport is valid for a period of 5 years and its subjected to renewal upon expiry.
How to get a Passport in Ghana.
Some Ghanaians speculate that it is very difficult to obtain a passport. Although I can’t confirm whether that’s true or false but when the right steps are taken, you’ll get your passport within the shortest possible time.
Before the introduction of the online application, applicants had to buy passport application forms from designated banks, fill and submit it to nearest passport offices for processing.
This method had a lot of drawbacks since most of the process involved was manual. There were issues of corruption emanating from middle men and other complaints.
To get a valid Ghanaian bio-metric passport online follow the following steps.
What do you need when applying for a Ghanaian passport?
Buy a Passport Application Voucher online or from any branch of Ecobank, GCB Bank or Zenith Bank. It cost GHS 50 and GHS 100 for standard and expedited application respectively.
First time applicants.
Birth Certificate (Proof of Ghanaian citizenship)
Document to prove identify (Voter’s ID, National ID, Driver’s Licence)
Proof of Profession (An introductory letter from the applicant’s employer that is if the applicant is currently employed or a work ID card that bears applicant’s name, organisation’s name and position. A student ID if the applicant is currently in school.
Homemakers/housewives and applicants that are unemployed and those in the non-formal sector of employment like mechanics, hairdressers seamstresses, traders etc. do not need proof. Registered Business Owners and self-employed applicants must produce their business registration certificate as proof)
Biometric Passport Renewal.
First page and bio-data page with picture and information page
Valid Visa if applicant has any in Old Passport
Proof of Profession if changed
Creating an account.
- Log on to https://passport.mfa.gov.gh/
- Click on “Register Here” to create new user account
- Fill in your name, telephone number, email, password and click “SIGN UP” to proceed.
- An SMS containing a verification code will be sent to you. Enter it in the space provided and click on verify.
- You’ve successfully created your account. Login with your details
Starting your passport application.
After a successful login, you’ll be redirected to your dashboard where you can start a new application.
To begin a new application, follow the steps below
- Click on “Start New Application
- If you have bought a voucher already enter the pin in the box provided and click verify.
- Fill in all details to complete application.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How long does it take to get a Ghanaian passport?
It takes a period of three weeks for a passport to be process. It may delay depending on certain unknown factors.
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