A statement signed by Francis Palmdeti, head of public affairs of the GIS, said the arrangement would be piloted at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra for three months, and thereafter extended to all other entry points of the country.

Kotoka Akwaaba“All AU nationals affected by this policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months, from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel,” it said.

According to the GIS, travelers must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas.

The visa-on-arrival decision by the Ghanaian government is in fulfillment of a resolution adopted at the AU Executive Council meeting held earlier this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The resolution stipulated that AU Member States review their internal and external security realities in an attempt to implement mechanisms allowing for the issuing of visas on arrival for citizens of Member States, with the possibility of a 30-day stay.

Ghana becomes the first AU member state to adopt such a policy and has received commendation from the AU Commission for the bold step. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh


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