Ghana’s National Identification Card, widely known as the ‘Ghana Card’ has been accepted as an official e-passport to enable holders to travel across 97 borders and 44,000 airports in the world.
A press release from the Office of the Vice President said holders of the Ghana Card will, therefore, be permitted to embark on any flight to Ghana by simply showing the card starting from Wednesday, February 9.
This follows recognition of the Ghana Card as a global electronic passport, verified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant borders.
At a ceremony at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal in Canada on Wednesday, Ghana was officially presented with a certificate, recognising the Ghana Card as an e-passport, acceptable in 44,00 commercial airports worldwide.
Speaking at the event, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ransford Sowah, received the token, which signified Ghana’s recognition by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
“This makes Ghana one of the few countries in the world where the national ID card also has an e-passport capability,” he added.
“For Ghanaians living or born in the diaspora, holders of the Ghana Card can be allowed to board any flight to Ghana without any visa requirement as we seek to give an inclusive Akwaaba experience to all children and descendants of our motherland”, Mr Sowah stated.
In November last year, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia revealed that the Ghana card will be recognized as an electronic passport globally by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
According to Dr Bawumia, the Ghana Card, which will have an embedded microchip carrying information about the holder, can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) complaint borders.
“When this happens, holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana. Furthermore, the good news for diasporan Ghanaians is that when the Ghana Immigration Service is linked to the NIA architecture, diasporan Ghanaians who hold the Ghana card should not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana” he said.