Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
June 14, 2022

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has clarified that the Ghana Card is not a replacement to our current biometric passport.
According to her the Ghana Card may serve as an optional travel document to be used in tandem with our biometric passport.

Responding to a question by the Member of Parliament for Salaga South, Ms Zuwera Mohammed Ibrahim on whether Ghanaians no longer need passports and whether the Ghana Card now represents a passport she noted that “it must be underscored that the passport, together with the travel certificate are the only approved travel documents for Ghanaians that are internationally recognised”.

She informed the House that currently, the Ghana Card cannot be used for travel to other countries either within or outside of ECOWAS as that would require bilateral agreements with those countries for their authorities to accept the card as a travel document.

In view of this, the Ministry is in active discussion with ECOWAS member States and our bilateral partners to achieve this. “However, in light of the announcement by the Ghana Immigration Service titled “Notice to the Public: Use of Ghana Card as a Travel Document”, dated 24″ February, 2022, Ghanaian and dual national holders of the Ghana card would be able to travel to Ghana using the Ghana Card”, she stated.