The Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) has informed all airlines, via the International Air Transport Association (IATA), that the Ghana Card will be recognized as an international traveling identity document, or e-passport, for all Ghanaians traveling to Ghana beginning March 1, 2022.
Following a key ceremony at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada this week to officially recognize the Ghana Card as a Machine Readable Travel Document (MRTD), the GCAA has confirmed in an official notice to international airlines and airports that Ghanaians can begin using their Ghanacard to travel to Ghana from March 1st.
This directive also means that Ghanaians in the diaspora, who previously required a Ghanaian passport as well as a visa to return home, will now be able to use their Ghana Card to return to Ghana without a visa.
Following the card’s acceptance by ICAO as an international Machine Readable Travel Document, the GACL issued a notification requesting that all airports and international airlines serving Ghana allow holders of the Ghana Card to board flights to Ghana.
The GACL has also sent a supplementary notification to the IATA Timatic Team about the new regulation, which will be published on the IATA Timatic Platform “for the general information of everyone concerned.”
The GACA’s most recent move has prepared the path for airports and airlines to begin accepting the Ghana Card as an electronic passport.
Below is the notice by the GACL
ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL AIRPORTS AND AIRLINES ON USE OF GHANA CARD AS AN ICAO-COMPLIANT MACHINE READABLE TRAVEL DOCUMENT (MRTD) FOR GHANAIANS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO ALL GHANAIAN AIRPORTS
Following a “Key Ceremony” at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal, Canada, on 9th February 2022, Ghana’s National Identity Card (the Ghana Card) is now duly recognised globally as a valid ID card-passport, a Machine Readable Travel Document (MRTD) that can be read and verified by the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) at most airports.
Ghana Airports Company Limited announces to all airports and airlines that, holders of a valid GhanaCard should be allowed to to board a flight to Ghana, without the need for a visa.
This takes effect from 1st March, 2022.