Ghana Grants Visa-On-Arrival for Beyond The Return Visitors


In a move aimed at further deepening the connections between Africans in the diaspora and their roots, the Ghanaian government has introduced a non-approval visa-on-arrival program as part of the “Beyond the Return” initiative.

This initiative, which is a sequel to the successful 2019 Year of Return, Ghana, has attracted significant interest among Africans in the diaspora, with many choosing to travel to and even relocate to Ghana since its inception.

After consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ghana Immigration Service, and the Ghana Tourism Authority, approval has been granted for passengers traveling to Ghana to opt for visa-on-arrival, eliminating the need for prior approval.
This new arrangement will be effective from December 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024.

With this development, it is essential for the necessary systems to be updated to reflect the new visa-on-arrival program.

Authorities responsible for checking-in passengers traveling to Ghana are advised to accommodate this arrangement and not to insist on entry visas prior to passengers’ boarding.

The introduction of the non-approval visa-on-arrival program is seen as a significant step in promoting cultural exchange, tourism, and investment opportunities in Ghana. It is expected to encourage more Africans in the diaspora to visit and potentially relocate to the country, thus contributing to its economic growth and development.

The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, expressed his excitement and gratitude for the implementation of this program.

He believes it will further strengthen the bonds between Ghana and Africans in the diaspora, fostering a sense of belonging and homecoming.

This adventurous initiative is part of the “Beyond the Return” initiative’s 10-year plan, which seeks to celebrate and embrace the African Renaissance from 2020 to 2030. By granting visa-on-arrival, Ghana is demonstrating its commitment to welcoming and reconnecting with Africans in the diaspora, affirming its position as a hub for cultural heritage, business opportunities, and growth.

As Ghana takes this step forward in promoting inclusivity and strengthening its ties with Africans in the diaspora, it is hoped that other African nations will follow suit, creating a more interconnected and united African continent.

By Vincent Kubi