Ghana announces visa-on-arrival initiative for Africans
In an effort to boost inbound tourism, Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, announced recently that the Ghana would allow all citizens from the 54 states of the African Union (AU) to obtain visas on arrival in Ghana, thus removing the usual application process for visas.
According to Sandra Woest, Senior Manager at Henley & Partners South Africa, who are specialists in residential and citizenship planning, “In many cases, obtaining visas can be both costly and cumbersome, and the process sometimes results in people choosing not to travel to a particular destination because of the visa requirements.”
Facilitating ease of travel through amending visa processes can have real economic benefits, as was the case when Rwanda introduced a visa-on-arrival policy in 2014. The number of African travellers increased substantially, boosting income for the tourism sector and having a knock-on positive impact on the economy more generally.
Another solution to the problem of the limitations on travel caused by having to obtain visas is for individuals who travel regularly to obtain citizenship rights in another country – one whose passport offers far more visa-free access to other countries. “European Union passports are particularly useful in this regard,” Woest explains, “since they rank highest on the listing of countries for which citizens seldom have to acquire a visa.”
Details relating to the number of countries different passport holders must obtain visas for is available on the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index – go to http://visaindex.com/.