The Republic of Ghana has announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Republic of South Africa to grant a visa waiver regime for holders of ordinary passports.
This comes after Ghana was officially included in South Africa’s e-Visa program.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFA) said in a release that Ghanaians seeking to travel to South Africa can do so by applying online starting November 1, 2023.
In a statement issued on October 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Ghana had entered into an agreement on a visa waiver regime for holders of ordinary passports.
The Ministry further clarified that applicants can stay for a cumulative period of 90 days without recourse to work.
“Travelers may transit through, depart from and stay in the territory of both countries for a cumulative period of up to ninety (90) days without recourse to work,” the MFA noted.
Meanwhile, the South African High Commission, in a statement issued on September 29, 2023, said that this development will help bring about a positive change in visa application procedures.
It also added that the introduction of the e-Visa program will enhance and streamline the visa application process, making it more convenient for Ghanaian travelers.
The commission also directed Ghanaian travelers to visit the Department of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa’s portal for comprehensive information.
The statement said “The information is available on the portal of the Department of Homes Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, and urged Ghanaians to visit their website https://www.dha.gov.za to obtain more information.
The South African High Commission also noted that the normal requirements, such as passport details, a letter of invitation or proof of accommodation and a bank statement, would be verified on arrival at the point of entry.
The statement also added that individuals who have been waiting for their passports, which were withheld for more than three months due to this change, can now collect them at the VFS Global Office.
The high commission also said, “Passports that have been with the High Commission for more than 3 months could be collected at the VFS Global Offices.