When travelling to Africa, there's a boogeyman we wish to escape but can't - the dreaded visas.
US Citizens are required to get a Visa in advance to MOST countries on the continent, including Ghana. Here are our tips for getting a visa to Ghana without a hassle.
1. If you can do your visa processing in person, it's fairly straightforward. You complete an online application, request an appointment and show up to the consular or embassy visa section.
Ghana has consulates in Houston and New York, and an embassy in Washington, DC.
2. You'll need the following documents to apply for a visa, organize ALL of them ahead of showing up at the consulate - they won't budge and you'll save yourself the headache.
- birth certificate
- hotel reservation
- flight reservation
- invitation letter from a Ghanaian (must include a copy of their Ghana passport)
- online application
- 2 passport sized photograph
- at least 2 blank pages in your passport
3. If you can't go in person to apply for and pick up your visa, we suggest using a trusted service provider. You'll still have to hustle and gather the same documents but you won't be helpless having sent all these documents in the mail and hoping for the best.
You'll get someone hand delivering and picking up your documents making sure it gets to you safely and in time for your trip.
4. You'll want to work on your visa 2-4 weeks ahead of your travel dates, this gives you plenty of time for holdups and misfortunes but not too much time that it eats into the 90 days you get as a tourist.
5. Pro tip: Apply for a multiple entry visa, it costs about the same and if you plan on going back it'll save you time and money. Say you have friends or a future husband in Ghana, it'll work and your pockets will be better for it.
6. Once you have your Ghana Visa in hand, celebrate, but not before you make sure you've gotten that yellow fever vaccine :)