Diplomatic Visa: Diplomatic visas are issued to members of the diplomatic or consular services of a foreign country who are duly accredited to Ghana by the government of the country concerned. These include Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Public Ministers, Career Diplomats or Consular Officers etc
Officials of international organizations who are entitled to diplomatic privileges by, or under the provisions of any enactment, such as the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, World Bank Officials on official duty of assignment in Ghana.
Members of the immediate families of these categories are also granted diplomatic visas. These are coded as A1, A2., A3 and are issued gratis.
Ordinary Visas: These are issued to several sub-categories of visitors on business, tourism or holidays, temporary employment, transit etc. These are coded to determine the type of nature of visit. The most common ones are:
B-1- Business Visa
C-1; C-2- Transit Visa
D- Crew Visa
Foreign nationals wishing to work in Ghana may obtain a work permit upon application to the Ghana Immigration Service under the Ministry of Interior. Companies registered under the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) regime may be eligible to obtain automatic immigrant quotas from the GIPC. There may be a need for companies in various sectors to additionally comply with regulations of their sectors with respect to obtaining work permits. These sectors include the Petroleum Commission, Minerals Commission, Ghana Free Zones Authority, National Communication Authority among others.
The main qualifying criterion for this visa is the unavailability of a Ghanaian consulate at the country of departure. In addition, in cases where it becomes practically impossible due to the urgency of a trip to visit the nearest Ghanaian consulate, an applicant may request for an EV. The application is made in-country to the Comptroller General of Immigration.
Except for members of the African Union (AU), who do not require preapproval prior to travel, all other nationals are required to obtain the in-country approval prior to departure from the country of origin. The EV would be issued in the passports of the travelers once they arrive at the port of entry ion Ghana.