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Ghana Welcomes Visitors with Visa On Arrival For Festive Season

The unveiling of the Non-Pre Approval Visa on Arrival program represents a pivotal step towards advancing Ghana's tourism industry

Ghana invites visitors to join the festive season with no visa hassle. From December 1st, 2023, to January 15th, 2024, visitors can get a visa on arrival at the airport, without applying beforehand. This is part of the ‘December in GH’ campaign, which celebrates Ghana’s culture and events as part of the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative. The initiative is a 10-year plan to connect Ghana with its global family.

The origins of this initiative trace back to the renowned “Year of Return” in 2019, which left an indelible mark on Ghana’s tourism landscape. The Year of Return commemorated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in America, inviting the global African diaspora to reconnect with their roots in Ghana. The year-long celebration witnessed an influx of tourists and returnees from diverse backgrounds, fostering a sense of belonging and rekindling cultural bonds.

Building upon the success of the Year of Return, the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative emerged, aiming to sustain and expand the connections forged in 2019. It served as a platform to attract not only tourists but also investors, promoting Ghana as a preferred destination for cultural exploration and economic opportunities.

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The latest announcement of the Non-Pre Approval Visa on Arrival program aligns seamlessly with the overarching goals of the ‘Beyond the Return’ initiative. By simplifying the visa process, the Government aspires to entice more travelers to experience Ghana’s rich cultural heritage, vibrant events, and festivals during the festive season.

Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister of Transport, issued a directive to airlines, urging them to update their systems to accommodate this new arrangement.

“Consequently, it would be appreciated if systems are updated to reflect this new arrangement and those responsible for checking-in passengers travelling to Ghana advised not to insist on entry visas prior to their boarding”.

Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, lauded the initiative, inviting travelers to seize this exceptional opportunity and participate in the December in GH program.

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The ‘December in GH’ campaign has emerged as the hallmark holiday destination since its inception in 2019, attracting a myriad of visitors worldwide. This campaign showcases a signature calendar of events endorsed by the Ghana Tourism Authority, forming a significant draw for travelers planning their itineraries around these festivities.

The unveiling of the Non-Pre Approval Visa on Arrival program represents a pivotal step towards advancing Ghana’s tourism industry. It not only aims to amplify tourist footfall during the festive season but also stands as a testament to Ghana’s commitment to fostering global connections through culture and heritage. As Ghana eagerly awaits the influx of visitors, the stage is set for an unparalleled holiday experience during the December in GH celebration.

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