What is a visa? And why do I need one?
A visa is a stamp that is affixed to a blank visa page in your passport. The visa is required by some foreign countries before you are-able to enter their territory.
Do I need to send my passport in-order-to receive a visa?
Yes, your passport must be submitted with the required documentation and a current passport photo. (if you wear glasses, please remove them before taking the photo. Photos with glasses are not accepted)
How long does it take to process my application for a visa?
If mailed in, a Rush visa application will be processed within 3 business days of receipt (provided approved documentation is present) during normal operating hours. NON-Rush visa applications will be processed within 10 business days upon receipt (provided approved documentation is present).
If I make a mistake on my application, what will happen?
PLEASE include a cell phone number so that we can contact you if there are questions. "Please make sure that you enter your cell phone number in the appropriate space, 3b, and at such time the Arkansas office will contact you.” Please enter your email address at the bottom of the VISA application, the Arkansas office will contact you via email. If there is no response to our inquiries, your paperwork will be returned to you on the third day.
Where should I look on my visa and/or passport to fine the expiration date?
On your visa, look above and to the right of the signature and you will see the date of issue. A single visa is good for one time only and expires 3 months from the date of travel. A multiple visa will either expire 36 or 60 months from the date of travel. The date of expiration on your visa is at the top and the expiration date on your passport is on the picture page.
What is the difference between a RUSH and a NON-RUSH visa?
The difference between the visas is the amount of time it takes to process. A NON-RUSH visa should be processed in 10 business days (2 weeks) from the date received. In Arkansas, the RUSH visa is processed and will be sent back on the day received or in less than 5 business days if received on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. If you bring your completed application in to the office, it will be processed in 30 minutes.
A single-entry visa is good for one visit within 90 days from the date of travel. The multiple entry visa is good for either 36 or 60 months from the date of travel. Business employees must check in with the Ministry of Immigration within 90 days. SINGLE VISAS MUST BE USED WITHIN 90 DAYS. VISAS ARE NO LONGER VALID WHEN THE PASSPORT EXPIRES.
To whom do I make out the money order, postal order, or cashier’s check?
How can I get a gratis ECOWAS visa?
Gratis ECOWAS visas are issued in Washington, D.C. not in Arkansas. Arkansas does not have the special stamp to issue them. Since they are free, and considered non-rush, allow ample time to get your passport back.
Do you have any suggestions for large groups submitting applications together?
Where do I send my completed applications?
Send the applilcations via Us postal overnight mail service OR , UPS, or FedEx, signature waived to:
Consulate Republic of Ghana
1323 Broadway Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
For the return of your visas and passport’s please include a prepaid overnight or express mail SELF-ADDRESSED, TRACKABLE ENVELOPE.
If you waive your signature, the postman, FedEx, or UPS can leave it at the office in our secure slot without a required signature. If you do not waive the signature, it WILL delay the arrival of your package. It can force us to have to go to the post office to pick it up. UPS or FedEx will take the package back to their center and try to deliver it 3 times. If not successful, the companies will return it to you. NOTE: THE CONSULATE WILL NOT PICK UP ANY PACKAGES FROM THE POST OFFICE OR ANY MAILING SERVICE.
Why do you want me to send my package express or overnight mail?
It is important that you get your passport and visa back in a safe and timely manner, Express and Overnight mail allow for tracking, and other services not offered for the regular mail class. It is important that you keep the tracking numbers for both envelopes so that your package can be easily tracked.
What immunizations are required or suggested?
Yellow fever is REQUIRED. We also recommend Malaria, Tetanus, and Typhoid. NOTE: Do not submit your yellow immunization certificate with YOUR visa application. Keep it IN YOUR POSITION and present it at the port of entry in Ghana. We strongly suggest that you ask your physician for a prescription for malaria pills. One begins taking them before leaving for Ghana.
Are there any COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card Requirements?
As of 12 December 2021, you must present your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card OR have a validated letter from your doctor for physical and be prepared to take the Covid test and pay the fee of $150 per person upon arrival. For religious exemptions you must have a letter from your clergy indicating the reason why and be prepared to take the Covid test and pay the fee of $150 per person upon arrival. Both the physical and religious exemption must be notarized, and a copy of the exemption letter must accompany your application for visa.