Passport Offices Choked By Over 30,000 Uncollected Passports In Accra And Kumasi

Passport Offices Choked By Over 30,000 Uncollected Passports In Accra And Kumasi

  • Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has appealed for members of the public who have applied for passports to come for them
  • The ministry said in a press statement issued on January 30, 2023, that there are over 30,000 completed but uncollected passports at the various Passport Application Centres
  • The foreign affairs ministry said it is important for the books to be collected because they would be required during a renewal

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has admonished passport applicants to contact the Passport Application Centres to collect their printed passports.

According to the ministry, there are over 30,000 printed passports at application centres in Accra and Kumasi.

"The ministry is concerned that even though applicants have been contacted through text messages, that their passports have been printed and sent to the various Passport Application Centres, most of them are yet to be collected," a press statement issued on Monday, January 31, 2023 explained.

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There are about 30,000 uncollected passports at the passport office.
Stock photo of a hand opening a passport for a photo. Source: UGC.

The ministry explained that applicants will need to present their latest passports (the uncollected ones) for future renewals.

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The ministry has diminished members to the public to call their call centres for further clarification and direction.

Visa-free countries for Ghana

Meanwhile, has reported in a separate story that because most people were grounded at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, they resolved to travel more if things went back to normal.

Hence those scouting for their next destination may consider visa-free countries for Ghana.

Since Ghana is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), its citizens can visit any ECOWAS member state without a permit. A passport holder can stay in the ECOWAS member states for 90 days.

Singapore, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are among the visa-free countries for Ghana.

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Ghanaian arrested in the U.S. for alleged role in $5 million fraud

Meanwhile, has reported in an unrelated story that a young Ghanaian guy based in the US is in the grips of the US authorities for his alleged involvement in an extensive crime syndicate.

Kenneth Anim, 38, was arrested on July 12 after the FBI led an investigation to unravel his alleged involvement in various criminal activities, including romance scam.

If convicted, Anim faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $500,000 maximum fine.

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