Ghana’s National Identification Card, commonly known as the “Ghana Card,” will allow holders to travel across 97 borders and 44,000 airports throughout the world starting on Wednesday, February 9.
Holders of the Ghana Card will therefore be permitted to embark on any flight to Ghana by simply showing the card. This follows the recognition of the Ghana Card as a global electronic passport, verified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s compliant borders.
On Wednesday, Ghana was presented with a certificate recognizing the Ghana Card as an e-passport, valid in 44,000 commercial airports worldwide. The ceremony took place at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada. Ransford Sowah, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, spoke at the event.
Mr. Sowah accepted the token, which signified Ghana’s recognition by the International Civil Aviation Organization. He stated that holders of the Ghana Card should be able to board any flight to Ghana without requiring a visa, as we strive to provide an inclusive Akwaaba experience to all children and descendants of our motherland.
Last year, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia revealed that the Ghana card would be recognized as an electronic passport globally by the end of the first quarter of 2022. He made the announcement at the Ashesi University Campus on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, while addressing the topic, “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story.”
According to Dr. Bawumia, the Ghana Card, which will include an embedded microchip containing information about the holder, will be able to be read and verified at all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) facilities. Holders of the Ghana Card will be able to board any flight to Ghana once this occurs.
Dr. Bawumia added that Ghanaians in the diaspora who hold the Ghana card should not need to obtain visas to travel to Ghana when the Ghana Immigration Service is linked to the NIA architecture. He went on to say that the government has been working with the International Civil Aviation Organization to globally activate the Ghana card’s e-passport function.