President John Mahama has announced that Ghana will be the first country to formally commence its visa-free entry policy for citizens of the African Union member states. Under this arrangement, nationals from AU countries will be issued visa only on arrival in the country.
According to a report by allafrica.com, ECOWAS citizens already enjoy visa-free regime to Ghana under the existing ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons and goods in the sub-region. Thus, they are neither required to apply for visa to travel to, nor obtain an entry visa into the country.
The Ghanaian leader said in the spirit of the African Union, Ghana decided to open its door to all AU states, adding that the nation had further established a special visa arrangement with Kenya and Mauritius under bilateral agreements with the two countries.
Mahama expressed optimism that the visa on-arrival-policy would boost trade relations between Ghana and the rest of the continent and further deepen socio-cultural exchanges with them.
However, Ghanaian authorities may decide not to give visa to any applicant whose presence could pose threat to national security.