The Ghanaian Government will introduce a new eVisa for Ghana to facilitate the process of getting a travel authorization and to boost tourism. The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, made the announcement during a meeting at the Ghana Chamber of Commerce as part of his official visit to the US.
Electronic visas, such as the Egypt eVisa, have soared in popularity over the last few years. By making it easier for travelers to apply for a visa, they have proved to be an effective way of increasing the number of tourists, as well as business people, who choose to visit a country.
To apply for the new Ghana eVisa, travelers will just need to complete an online application form with details such as their name, address, passport number, and travel dates. They will also need to pay a fee by credit or debit card before the relevant authorities process their application.
More information about the Ghana eVisa is expected to be released by the Ghanaian Government over the coming months. This will include the visa requirements and the list of eligible countries.
Ghana is open for business
Dr. Bawumia also took the chance at the meeting to emphasize the government’s commitment to making Ghana a business-friendly country, especially with regards to the use of technology.
He spoke of the success of the paperless system and a mobile app which has reduced the cost of doing business at Ghana’s ports. It has made transactions smoother and more efficient.
Bawumia assured businesses: “Ghana is peaceful in the sub-region and the rule of law works”. He spoke of Ghana’s economic improvement over recent years as well as the reduction of the national debt, low interest rates, and the increase in national reserves.
One of Africa’s most open countries according to index
According to the 2018 Africa Visa Openness Report, Ghana is the seventh most open country in Africa when it comes to granting visas to other African nationalities. The country has moved up from 22nd in the table since 2015.
The Africa Visa Openness Index monitors which African countries are making improvements to support the freer movement of people across Africa.
“We will be allowing citizens of AU Member States to enter our country and obtain visas on arrival with the option to stay for up to thirty days and experience what our country has to offer. This measure, with time, should stimulate air travel, trade, investment, and tourism,” said former President John Dramani Mahama.
President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi A. Adesina, said: “Regional integration and trade based upon the free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital is at the core of the business of the African Development Bank… we must accelerate investments in regional and national infrastructure, especially, to boost connectivity, reduce costs and raise competitiveness”.