To obtain a passport in Ghana, you need to meet the following requirements:
1. Birth Certificate (Proof of Ghanaian citizenship)
You will require the new biometric birth certificate. If you still possess the old birth certificate, you would need to get a new one at the Births and Deaths Registry in the region of your birth. The Births and Deaths office is the only place where you can get an official Birth Certificate in Ghana.
2. Documents to Support Identity
Additional to your Ghanaian birth certificate, you will be required to provide other official forms of identification such as a driver’s licence, Ghana card, eletricity bill, or water bill.
3. Proof of Profession
As part of the passport application process, you will be required to prove your profession. There are several ways you can go about it. q If you are employed, obtain a letter from your employer stating your job title, length of service, and monthly salary. Provide a work ID or payslip: You can also provide a work ID or recent payslip as proof of your profession. If you are self-employed, you can provide a copy of your business registration documents and tax identification number. Incase you are a student, you can provide a letter from your school or university stating your status as a student. Provide other relevant documents: Depending on your profession or situation, you may be required to provide additional documents as proof of profession. For example, if you are a journalist, you may be required to provide a press card or letter from your media organization. Submit the documents: Once you have obtained the necessary documents, submit them along with your passport application forms and other required documents
Types of Passport
In Ghana, there are three types of passport:
- Regular Passport: This is the most common type of passport and is issued for ordinary travel, such as tourism and business trips.
- Diplomatic Passport: This type of passport is issued to Ghanaian diplomats and other government officials who are traveling on official business.
- Service Passport: This type of passport is issued to government officials who are traveling on official business but are not eligible for a diplomatic passport.
The application fees for each type of passport are as follows:
- Regular Passport:
- Standard 32-page passport: GHS 100
- Standard Application Jumbo 48-page passport: GHS 150
- Expedited Application 32-page passport: GHS 150
- Expedited Application 48- page passport: GHS 200
- Diplomatic Passport: No application fee is required
- Service Passport: GHS 50
Note: This prices are subject to change from time to time so you can cross check on the passport.mfa.gov.gh before starting the application process.
The passport application fee can be paid at any branch of Ecobank, GCB Bank, Zenith Bank, or the passport application centers. It is important to note that the fees are subject to change, so it is advisable to check with the passport application center for the most up-to-date information.
In addition to the application fee, there may be additional charges for expedited processing, replacement of lost or stolen passports, and other services.
Ghana Passport Application Process
- Obtain passport application forms: You can obtain passport application forms at any of the Passport Application Centers in Ghana or download them from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration website. The application process for a Ghanaian passport starts at ghana.gov.gh. You will have to create an account on the website by signing up. Once you have your account created at ghana.gov.gh, you will be redirected to the passport page where you can log in to your account. The registration at ghana.gov.gh is compulsory if you want to get a Ghana Passport. Existing passport holders who want to renew their passports will have to sign up on ghana.gov. Once they do, they will be redirected to passport.mfa.gov.gh where you can continue the process. This new directive is compulsory.
- Complete the passport application forms: Fill out the passport application forms completely and accurately, ensuring that all information provided is correct.
- Submit the passport application forms and required documents: Submit the completed passport application forms along with the required documents, such as your birth certificate, two passport-sized photographs, and proof of payment for the passport application fees. ( Once you select your application type and make a payment, you will have to upload certain documents to your profile to complete the process. Some of the documents required include a birth certificate, affidavit, police report, gazette and a naturalisation certificate if necessary. These must all be scanned and uploaded to your profile.)
- Schedule an appointment: Once your application forms and documents have been received and verified, you will be required to schedule an appointment to take your biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) at the Passport Application Center. (Once all your files are ready and payment has been made, you will be emailed a time for your scheduled vetting process. You shall also be able to download a vetting appointment slip which you should download and present during your vetting process.)
- Attend the appointment: Attend the scheduled appointment at the Passport Application Center to have your biometric data taken. This process usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
- Track the progress of your passport application: You can track the progress of your passport application online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration website using your reference number.
- Collect your passport: Once your passport application has been processed, you will be notified to come and collect your passport at the Passport Application Center. You will need to present the original receipt you received when you submitted your application forms and documents.
Note: The processing time for a Ghanaian passport is usually between 15 to 20 working days. However, if you require an expedited service, you can pay an additional fee to have your passport processed within 5 working days.
In summary, obtaining a passport in Ghana requires you to fill out the application forms accurately, submit the required documents, attend a biometric data capture appointment, and track the progress of your application online.
Ghana Passport Vetting Process
The vetting process is the last stage of your passport application process where you are required to meet the officials at the passport office in Accra, near the Registrar General’s Department. You will be interviewed by an officer to confirm your identity. Passport-sized pictures will also be taken and you will receive a date to pick up your passport from the same premises.
Ghana Passport Application For People Under 18-Years-Old
Anybody under the age of 18 who needs a passport will need to follow these requirements: a birth certificate and a form of identification from their parents or guardians. Once these requirements are met, anyone under 18 years of age can apply for a Ghana passport.
Ghana Passport Office Contact
If you need to call the passport office for any issue, you can contact them through the number below.
030 700 8222
Address of Passport Application Centres in Ghana
|1||Accra PAC||Kinbu Road (Old Foreign Affairs)|
|2||Kumasi PAC||Guggisberg Road, Opposite PWD, Adum, Ministries|
|3||Takoradi PAC||Ghana Immigration HeadQuarters (Within the Regional Administration)|
|4||Sunyani PAC||Adjacent to Jubilee (shares a wall with the Park)|
|5||Ho PAC||Regional Administration (Shares building with Immigration)|
|6||Tamale PAC||Police Park (Old Library)|
|8||Premium PAC – Accra||Accra Digital Centre, Adjacent State Housing Company, Ring Road West, Accra|
|9||Tema PAC||Former IRS Office, Community 4, Tema|
|10||Koforidua PAC||PWD Office, SSNIT Office Area, Koforidua.|
|11||Premium PAC – Kumasi||2nd Floor, Thankful Heights Building, Adum, Kumasi|