Ghana took a giant step by opening its doors to nationals of other African countries when the country’s visa-on-arrival policy came into effect.
The policy which is the first of its kind on the continent allows citizens of African Union (AU) member states to enter Ghana and obtain visas on arrival, with the option to stay for up to 30 days.
The president, John Dramani Mahama said at a luncheon for senior citizens at the State Banquet Hall to mark senior citizens day that Ghana was proud to take a lead in the implementation of the all-important policy.
He said with the policy, Ghana has reaffirmed its credentials and the firm belief in the Pan-African ideology by taking another step at stimulating economic growth especially in the areas of investment and tourism.
A decree adopted at the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council meeting held in January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, predetermined that AU member states took a look at their internal and external security modalities in an attempt to implement mechanisms allowing for the issuance of visas on arrival for citizens of member states.
Ghana thus became the first AU member state to issue visa-on-arrival for African nationals which coincided with the Senior Citizens Day on Republic Day.