Ghana is considering visa-free entry for all Africans, said Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
“It is something that we are seriously thinking about, I know Rwanda has announced, and Kenya is also looking into it. We are also going to look into it seriously for our fellow Africans and also those of African descent in the diaspora.
“And so, it is something that we are seriously thinking about and we are actually on the drawing board looking at it. It is not just the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but the Interior, Tourism, we are all looking at it and we will come out very soon,” Ayorkor-Botchway is quoted by Asaase News to have said.
The intention like other counterparts in the rest of Africa who have recently announced visa waivers is to boost tourism, and more so for Ghana because of its Year of Return initiative.
The country recently entered bilateral agreements with South Africa for holders of ordinary passports. The visa waiver deal which took effect from November 1, would allow persons from either countries stay for a cumulative period of up to 90 days without a visa.
Aside from persons from ECOWAS countries who are allowed to travel visa-free for up to 90 days, Ghana grants visa-free entry to 16 other African countries – Egypt, Mauritius, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganada, Zimbabwe and until very recently, South Africa.