Ghana mission in South Africa issues first batch of chip-embedded passports

Ghana mission in South Africa issues first batch of chip-embedded passports

The Ghanaian mission in South Africa has begun issuing biometric passports to Ghanaian citizens in that country.

Ghana mission in South Africa issues first batch of chip-embedded passports

Ambassador Ahwoi (right) handing over a copy of the passport to a Ghanaian

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A first batch of 60 biometric passports was issued on Wednesday to Ghanaians at the mission in Pretoria.

Hannah Tetteh, Ghana’s foreign affairs minister announced in a tweet that the South African mission was the first of Ghana's 57 missions globally to start issuing the biometric passport from June this year.

"Six of our missions abroad are to begin issuing biometric passports this month. Pretoria, S.Africa started today. Congratulations to Amb. Kwesi Ahwoi & team for being the first to roll out issuing 60 biometric passports today," she tweeted.

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Ghana announced in May that it was moving away from issuing biometric passports to chip-embedded ones to its citizens globally.

Hannah Tetteh told a Ghanaian community in Tokyo that the latest development is to ensure the country meet international standards, as well as make it possible for others in the diaspora to acquire passport from Ghana's 57 missions and consulates worldwide.

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She said in line with the international civil aviation organization regulations which requires member countries to migrate to chip-embedded passport from October this year, Ghanaians with the current biometric passports would be required to upgrade to the new ones which can be acquired locally from all the 10 regional passport application centres nationwide.

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