The issue of electronic visas (E-visa) will begin in Ghana next year.
Procurement processes have begun for the selection of a company to partner with the Ghana Immigration Service – GIS to design and issue e-visas to facilitate the procurement of travel documents from any part of the world to the country.
The visa policy reform is part of the $40 million Global Bank-funded Ghana Tourism Development Project – GTDP to improve Ghana’s tourism and hospitality sector and make the country a more attractive destination.
The acting Project Coordinator for the GTDP, Divine Kwame Owusu-Ansah told the Daily Graphic that the measure would facilitate the ease and convenience of obtaining visas to the country.
He said that the acquisition of a visa to the country was a problem for travellers as they had to travel a long distance to apply for it, although using the postal system has not been helpful.
“We are working with the GIS to set up the E-visa system for the country. We hope to recruit the firm to design, supply, install and build capacity and deploy electronic visa solutions for the immigration service by the middle of next year,” he explained.
The private partner will work between January and May next year to introduce the system, providing services at Kotoka International Airport – KIA and any location around the world where a tourist would like to obtain a visa to travel to Ghana, he added.
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Owusu-Ansah, under the leadership of the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi reiterated that it is a big priority operation for the sector.
Source: Daily Graphic
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