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Ghana Business Visa - Definitive Guide

Ghana is one of the most developing countries in Africa. The majority of the Ghanaian economy involves the manufacturing and exportation of digital technology goods, automobiles, as well as the exportation of diverse and rich resources. However, to visit the country for the objective of business, you will need a Ghana Business Visa.

What is Ghana Business Visa?

The business visa is issued to travellers who are visiting the country for the sole purpose of taking part in business in Ghana. This includes mergers, meetings, business expansion, collaborated project, and so on. However, professionals such as teachers, dentists, lawyers, etc cannot practice with a business visa. The visa is generally issued for 3 months as a single entry type. However, depending on the decision of the High Commission, multiple entry visa can be issued for 6 months and more, or till the validity of the passport. 

How to apply for a business visa for Ghana?

The applications for the business visa is largely straightforward. Before applying, you have to ensure that the purpose of your visit is purely business and that it complies with the Ghana immigration laws. Once your motive is clear, you should proceed to obtain the necessary documents required as per the regulations for the visa to do business in Ghana.  You can apply for this visa online. However, it will still require you to send the documents or submit them in person to the High Commission. As per them, follow the below steps to apply for your visa -.

  1. Fill in the details in the online form at the Ghana High Commission website clearly and upload the required documents.
  2. Acquire a bank draft in the name of ‘Ghana High Commission, Delhi’ for the application fees, as the visa can only be paid through a draft.
  3. Print out the completed application form and attach the original documents, bank draft, and send it to the authority.

 Upon successful processing of your visa, your passport with the visa stamp will be sent to your given postal address, or you can pick it up from the particular visa authority. The application for the visa is a tiresome process, and also requires extreme caution while applying as any mistakes could prove to be fatal. This could lead to your visa being delayed, or in some cases, being rejected. If the visa is rejected, you may have several consequences in the future.

Eligibility for Ghana Business Visa

To apply for a Ghana Business Visa, you will have to make sure that you are eligible for the visa. The following points are to be considered for your eligibility - 

  • You will need to possess a valid passport. 
  • You must be an Indian citizen living in India.
  • Your motive for the visit has to be to perform business in Ghana.
  • You should have proper documentation to prove your purpose of visit.
  • You should not apply if you do not have the finances to support your visit.

When you have this visa

On receipt of your visa, you have to keep in mind a few key points to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant stay. 

  • Before travelling, ensure that you carry the passport, as the visa is stamped in it.
  • Note the visa validity. Staying beyond your allowed period is an offence.
  • While you are in the Republic of Ghana, you will have to strictly adhere to the Ghana immigration laws.
  • You should respect the traditions and culture of the Ghanaian people.
  • On a business visa, you are not permitted to take part in other professional work such as teaching, engineering, medicine, etc, or be employed there.

Documents required for Ghana Business Visa

As per the Ghana Business Visa requirements for Indian citizens, there are a set of documents you need to provide, for your visa to be processed. These include the following - 

  • An Indian passport, valid upto 6 months from the date of intended travel
  • Duly filled visa application forms - 4 sets
  • Passport size photographs - 4
  • Covering letter from your company, mentioning the details of the visit 
  • Invitation letter from Ghana company 
  • Registration copy of the Ghanaian company
  • Travel itinerary - Confirmed flight tickets, and proof of accommodation as well
  • Yellow fever vaccination - certificate showing immunization
  • Proof of employment
  • Financial proof - Personal bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Bank draft for the visa fees

Photo specifications of Ghana Business Visa

  • Photo size -  35mm X 45mm
  • Colour: Coloured
  • Head - central position
  • Recently taken
  • White/grey background
  • 85% face coverage
  • Neutral facial expression
  • Glasses - permitted
  • Headgears - for religious reasons

Ghana Business Visa processing time

Even most of the procedure has to be done offline, the Ghana Business Visa is processed fast. An ideal application is processed within 3-5 working days. However, based on several other factors and complications to the applications, it might take longer. 

Ghana Business Visa fees

The visa fees for the business visa depends on the length of the visa, the number of entries, and also on the urgency. It can also vary without prior notice. As a result, you should note the visa fees right before you start your applications. The fees for the Ghana visa is paid only in the form of a Banker’s draft. No other modes of payments are permitted.

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Single entry Normal 30 days 3 months 8500.0
Multiple entry Normal 30 days 3 months 17000.0

After Submission

After you deliver the documents and application forms to the Ghana High Commission, your visa will start processing. When the visa is approved, you will get your documents back with the visa via mail, or by pick-up depending on your choice.

You can inquire about the status of your visa by sending a mail to the High Commission with your details. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Extend My Ghana Business Visa?

Even though the Ghanian business permit is a short term type, the Ghanian government allows you to extend this permit. In order to apply, you must make an application at the Immigration Headquarters or regional office in Ghana. The application must also be accompanied by a statement regarding the purpose of the extension.

After Expiring My Ghana Business Visa How Long Can I Stay?

You cannot stay in Ghana for any longer after the expiry. You must leave the country upon expiry. Staying back after this period is considered as an offence and will attract a penalty. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply for an extension or apply for a new permit.

What is the Medical Test for Ghana Business Visa?

There is no particular medical test requirement for the business visa. However, you must submit a yellow fever vaccination certificate as a part of the entry requirements. Despite these, it is suggested that you get a medical test done before travelling to a foreign country.

Can I convert My Ghana Business Visa into Work Visa?

No, you cannot convert a business category permit into a work visa. The short term categories are non-convertible. As a result, you must leave the country upon expiry. Also, while on this permit, you may not take part in work. If you wish to work, you must return to your home country and apply for a new work visa.


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