Ghana extends a warm invitation to visitors by introducing a 46-day visa-on-arrival regime from December 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024. Aligned with the government’s 10-year ‘Beyond The Return’ campaign, this initiative seeks to foster exploration and reconnection, particularly encouraging Africans in the diaspora to discover the rich cultural tapestry of Ghana.
According to africa.businessinsider.com, Ghana has introduced a 46-day visa-on-arrival regime for visitors from December 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024.
A joint effort involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Interior, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ghana Immigration Service, and the Ghana Tourism Authority has led to the approval of this visa-on-arrival initiative.
The pre-travel visa waiver is part of the government’s 10-year ‘Beyond The Return’ campaign aimed at encouraging Africans in the diaspora to explore and reconnect with Ghana.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ayorkor Botchwey recently indicated that Ghana is seriously contemplating allowing all Africans and people of African descent in the diaspora to enter the country visa-free. Presently, Rwanda, Seychelles, The Gambia, and Benin are the only African nations offering visa-free entry for all African citizens.
What the Ghana Tourism Authority said:
“The Ghana Tourism Authority is excited to announce that the Government of Ghana has authorised Non Pre-Approval Visa on Arrival for visitors coming to Ghana from December 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024. This pre-approval waiver has been launched as part of the December in GH campaign, which is a crucial element of the 10-year “Beyond the Return” initiative,”
“In line with the objectives of the “Beyond the Return” initiative, this waiver aids in strengthening Ghana’s position as the preferred destination for tourists and investors from the diaspora and beyond. It seeks to deepen the bonds between Ghana and its global community while providing opportunities for cultural exchange and economic growth.” the statement read.
The decision to institute a visa-free entry for Africans aligns with Ghana’s broader efforts to strengthen ties with the diaspora and establish itself as an inviting and accessible hub.
As the government explores this possibility, it reflects a strategic effort to boost tourism, enhance cultural exchange, and celebrate the shared heritage of people of African descent across the globe.