Ghana Card is not an ‘E-passport’ – Foreign Minister addresses

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has addressed that the Ghana Card is not an E-passport contrary to the claims of Dr. Bawumia.

She was responding to a question from Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu on whether the Ghana Card is an e-passport.

The Minister noted that the Ghana Card is not a replacement for the biometric passport, but may serve as an optional travel document used alongside the biometric passport.

“It must be underscored that the passport, together with the travel certificate are the only approved travel documents for the Ghanaian, they are internationally recognised.

“At the moment, the Ghana Card cannot be used for travel to other countries either within or outside of ECOWAS as that will require bilateral agreement with countries for their authorities to accept the card as a travel document.

“The Ministry is in active discussion with ECOWAS member states and our bilateral partners to achieve this,” Shirley Ayorkor told Parliament on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) on February 28 announced that effective, March 1, the Ghana Card would be accepted for nationals and dual nationals returning to the country.

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