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Visa Application

IMPORTANT NOTICE

  • The Embassy will begin to accept walk-in appointments for visa applications from the public effective Wednesday, 1st June, 2022. Consular Days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00am to 3:00pm. Passports with processed visas can be collected each working day between 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Alternatively, applicants may opt to post their applications for visas using a reliable courier of their choice.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to read all the guidelines, requirements, visa types and categories, applicable visa fees and other important information before starting the online application.
  • Visa applicants MUST include a copy of their Covid-19 vaccination certificate and copy of yellow fever vaccination certificate/card together with the documents being submitted.

The Embassy of Ghana in Oslo wishes to inform all visa applicants that visas are NOT FOR SALE. An applicant will be issued a visa only based on merit.

This means that the payment of fees for visa DOES NOT guarantee the issuance of a visa. Please also take note that visa fees, once paid, are NON REFUNDABLE.

Applicants are advised to carefully read the following guidelines and general information before proceeding to complete the online application:

APPLICATION GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS

The online application form must be completed in English (CAPITAL LETTERS), printed, signed, dated and submitted/mailed to the Embassy along with the visa pack with the following where applicable:

  • The physical passport with an expiry date of not less than (6) months at the time of application;
  • One (1) recent Passport size photograph (3.5cmx4.5cm color photographs with plain white background);
  • Copy of a flight ticket reservation;
  • Copy of bank statement;
  • Copy of invitation letter from host together with a copy of their passport bio-page or booking confirmations where hotels are used;
  • Parental consent completed and signed by both parents for minors (children under 18years);
  • Letter of sole custodianship for minors with only one parent;
  • Copy of an International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever where applicable;
  • Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificate; and
  • Any other relevant document.

NB: ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE EMBASSY MUST BE IN ENGLISH OR FROM A CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR. Submission of an incomplete application form may delay the processing of the application or, in some cases, result in its rejection.

CATEGORY OF VISAS

GratisStudies
BusinessSpouse or child of a Ghanaian national
TouristOthers: Voluntary, Research, Internship, Work, Media

GRATIS VISAS

Gratis visas are granted to holders of Diplomatic passports and their families as well as Service Passport holders. These applications must be submitted with a Note Verbale in addition to the regular requirements listed above.

BUSINESS VISAS

Business visas are granted to business people traveling to Ghana for business-related purposes. For example, to attend a conference or training session, to conduct business with a Ghanaian-based organisation, to conduct business negotiations, to establish, manage, or develop a new or existing business, or to invest in Ghana.

Applications must be submitted with a letter of recommendation/letter of guarantee from an Employer, Sponsor, or Business Associates in Europe and an Invitation Letter from the host or sponsor in Ghana, in addition to the regular requirements listed above.

TOURIST VISAS

Tourist visas are granted to people who intend to travel to Ghana on holiday, for sightseeing, social or recreational purposes, to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work related reasons. If granted, this visa will allow the holder either single or multiple entries to Ghana for a period of up to only three months. Multiple entry visas in this category, are granted in accordance with the applicant’s travel circumstances.

MEDIA VISAS

Media personnel who wish to travel to Ghana for press-related activities must apply for press accreditation. A letter from sponsors giving details of the activities that they will undertake in Ghana, shall be submitted with a completed press accreditation form for the approval of the Ministry of Information, Ghana, along with their visa applications.

STUDIES VISAS

This visa is intended for foreign students intending to study in Ghana. The application must be submitted together with the regular requirements listed above and a Letter of Acceptance from the Educational or Training Institution in which the student/applicant will be studying, as well as an evidence of the applicant’s financial capability to cater for him/herself  during the period of study.

SPOUSE OR CHILD OF A GHANAIAN NATIONAL (FAMILY) VISA

This visa is granted to persons whose parents or spouses are Ghanaian citizens. In addition to the regular requirements listed above, applicants must submit either a Marriage Certificate (spouse) a Birth Certificate (child) or any document confirming their relationship to the Ghanaian citizen.

APPROVED VISA FEES

CATEGORYDURATION OF STAYPROCESSING TIME – 24 HRSPROCESSING TIME – 3 DAYSPROCESSING TIME – 5 DAYS
SINGLE ENTRY(SV)30 DAYSNOK 2,400NOK 1,200NOK 950
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV3)3 MONTHSNOK 3,000NOK 1,800NOK 1,700
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV6)6 MONTHSNOK 3,600NOK 2,400NOK 2,200
MULTIPLE ENTRY (MV1)1 YEARNOK 4,000NOK 3,600NOK 3,000

METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR VISA FEES

All consular fees are to be paid into the Embassy’s DNB Account (details shown below).

All bank charges/fees must be paid by the applicant. Applicants from Finland and Iceland are advised to slightly top up their consular fees to cater for any bank charges during the international transfer.

Applicants transferring money from a different bank either than DNB should be aware that it takes a couple of days before the transfer is effected. Applicant’s bank receipt does not necessarily mean the transfer has been successful since some of them end up transferring into wrong accounts.

Embassy’s DNB Account Details:

FOR THOSE IN NORWAYFOR THOSE OUTSIDE NORWAY
Bank Name: DNB
Account No: 1506 2064 878
DNB Bank Address:
Dronning Eufemias Gate 30,
0021 Oslo
Norway
Bank Name: DNB
SWIFT: DNBANOKKXXX
IBAN: NO38 1506 2064 878

NB: Application Fees are NOT REFUNDABLE if the application is unsuccessful.

Bank Charges

Money transferred from another bank other than a DNB will attract a transfer charge. Applicants are therefore advised to check and pay all bank charges to avoid shortage of application fees.

Any application in which the Embassy is debited with bank charges will not be processed. Please check with your Bank.

VISA CATEGORIES AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

NO.TOURISM/VISITBUSINESSOFFICIALSTUDIES/VOLUNTARY/
INTERNSHIP
RESEARCH/WORKMEDIA
1.One (1) recent Passport size photograph (on plain white background)One (1) recent Passport size photograph (on plain white background)One (1) recent Passport size photograph (on plain white background)One (1) recent Passport size photograph (on plain white background)One (1) recent Passport size photograph (on plain white background)One (1) recent Passport size photograph (on plain white background)
2.Original PassportOriginal PassportOriginal PassportOriginal PassportOriginal PassportOriginal Passport
3.Completed Online Visa Application Form Completed Online Visa Application FormCompleted Online Visa Application Form Completed Online Visa Application FormCompleted Online Visa Application FormCompleted Online Visa Application Form
4.Copy of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate + Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificateCopy of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate + Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificate Copy of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate + Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificateCopy of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate + Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificateCopy of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate + Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificateCopy of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate + Copy of full Covid-19 vaccination certificate
5.Copy of flight reservationCopy of flight reservationCopy of flight reservationCopy of flight reservationCopy of flight reservationCopy of flight reservation
6.Copy of visa fee payment slipCopy of visa fee payment slipCopy of visa fee payment slipCopy of visa fee payment slipCopy of visa fee payment slipCopy of visa fee payment slip
7.Letter of invitation from host with a copy of their Ghanaian passport or National ID

Booking confirmation where hotels are used as ‘References’

Parental Consent Form (for persons less than 18 years of age + copy of Parent’s ID)
Letter of invitation from host with a copy of their Ghanaian passport or National ID

Booking confirmation where hotels are used as ‘References’

Invitation Letter from Business partners in Ghana

Letter of Guarantee from applicant’s current company/sponsor
Letter of invitation from host with a copy of their Ghanaian passport or National ID

Booking confirmation where hotels are used as ‘References’

Note Verbale
Letter of invitation from host with a copy of their Ghanaian passport or National ID

Booking confirmation where hotels are used as ‘References’

Letter of Introduction from Applicant’s school

Copy of Admission letter from Ghana

Parental Consent Form (for persons less than 18years of age + copy of Parent’s ID
Letter of invitation from host with a copy of their Ghanaian passport or National ID

Booking confirmation where hotels are used as ‘References’

Copy of Ethical Approval granted form Ghana to conduct a Research/Media coverage
invitation from host with a copy of their Ghanaian passport or National ID

Booking confirmation where hotels are used as ‘References’

Copy of Press Accreditation approved from Ghana
8.NB:

A national of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit
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A national of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit
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A national of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit
NB:

A national of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit
NB:

A national of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit
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A national of another country outside the Nordic Region must add a copy of their residence permit

CONDITIONS FOR ISSUING VISA

  • All travellers to Ghana must either possess a valid passport with a valid visa/entry permit or be nationals of any of the ECOWAS Member States or be citizens of countries with which the Government of Ghana has specific bilateral agreements exemptions.
  • Visas may be granted to personnel of international organisations and visitors wishing to travel to Ghana for Official Duties, Business, Tourism, Study, Family Visit or on Transit.
  • Visas may be granted for Single or Multiple entries into Ghana. A multiple entry visa/entry permit guarantees unlimited entries into Ghana within the period indicated on the visa. The duration of stay in Ghana for the visa/permit holder will be determined by the endorsement of the Ghana Immigration Authorities at the port of entry.
  • Visas are valid for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. If the holder does not travel to Ghana within three (3) months, the visa becomes invalid.
  • Persons who enter Ghana as tourists are not permitted by law to take up any form of employment (paid or unpaid), to establish or engage in any business, or to enroll in a school as a student, participate in any educational or business meeting/programme other than tourism, or to change their immigration status after arrival. Offenders will have their visas revoked and would face deportation from Ghana or prosecution.
  • Emergency visas may be issued at the port of entry to visitors who arrive from a country where there is no Ghanaian diplomatic or consular representation. Such applications must however be authorized by the Director of the Immigration Service through their sponsors before they arrive in Ghana.
  • Extension of stay while in Ghana is the sole preserve of the Ghana Immigration Service. Applicants are advised to refer to http://www.ghanaimmigration.org should there be the need to extend their stay in Ghana.
  • Visa applicants must be either Norwegian, Finnish or Icelandic citizens or of a foreign nationality, with legal residence in any of these countries.
  • Visitors to Ghana are strongly advised to ensure that they have all the necessary documents before they arrive in the Country.

PROCESSING TIME

The processing time for Standard Visa applications is Five (5) working days, whilst express applications takes between 24 hours or three (3) working days starting from the date the applicant meets all the necessary requirements for the approval of his/her application. Applicants who submit incomplete applications would delay the processing of their applications.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed until the applicant meets all necessary requirements. Applicants are therefore advised to take note of the Visa Type and Requirements above and apply ahead of time in order to avoid any delays.

Due to the increase in the number of visa applications received during peak times, the Embassy will NOT be in the position to contact applicants who fail to meet all requirements, via telephone. You are therefore requested to provide a valid email address for further communication regarding your application.

PICK-UP/POSTAGE

Passports with processed visas can be collected each working day (ie. Mondays to Fridays) between 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Visa applicants who opt to mail in their applications are to include a self-addressed return envelope together with their visa package addressed to the Embassy. Alternatively, applicants can arrange a reliable courier of their choice for the pick-up of their processed passport.

PROCEDURE FOR EXTENSION OF STAY

Visitors may abide by the following procedure in their application for extension or stay:

  • Completion of the requisite application forms obtained from the Immigration Headquarters or the nearest Regional Commands of the Service;
  • Provision of two current passport-sized photographs;
  • An application letter from those who wish to stay for a period more than 3 months stating reason (s) for the request;
  • Provision of a valid return ticket or any form of guarantee that the visitor will leave the country at the end of the period requested for;
  • Provision of documentary evidence of intent to invest in Ghana (applicable to would-be investors only);
  • Provision of a valid passport; and
  • The payment of the requisite processing fee.

Please note that employment is restricted while on a visitor’s permit. Applicants who violate visa regulations, and engage in any form of employment, business meeting, etc. whilst on a Tourist Visa, shall face prosecution leading to deportation or a jail sentence.  

VISITORS IN TRANSIT

  • A person, seeking entry clearance for transit through Ghana and is not a prohibited Immigrant, may be admitted for a period not exceeding 48 hours;
  • The visitor must have a valid visa and should be eligible to enter the country he/she is transiting to;
  • The visitor must present proof of continuous journey to the country of destination; and
  • The visitor shall not decide to terminate his journey in the transit country.

PROHIBITED IMMIGRANTS

The under-mentioned categories of persons are prohibited immigrants:

  • A person of unsound mind.
  • A person declared by medical personnel as medically unfit.
  • A person considered to be a security risk.
  • A person against whom there is a deportation order in force.
  • A person who has been sentenced in a foreign country for extradition under the Extradition Act 1960.

IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION NOTICE: Visitors to Ghana must note that the possession of an entry visa does not guarantee the right of entry. Visitors may be refused entry into Ghana if they fall within the category of prohibited immigrants or if they do not satisfy immigration requirements at the port of entry. The Government of Ghana will not be financially liable for their repatriation.

COMPLETED APPLICATION

The completed online visa application form should be posted to the Embassy at the following address:

Consular Section

Embassy Of Ghana

Akersgata 1 (5th Floor)

0158, Oslo

Norway

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