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How To Apply For A Ghanaian Passport Online [2023 Easy Guide]

If you are looking to apply for a Ghanaian Passport, then we are here to guide you through the process. Please take your time and read everything because we have provided every detail you need to know in order to assist you in the passport application process.

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When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration introduced an online passport application service for Ghanaians to ease the method of application while maintaining optimum security for applicants, the previously time-consuming application procedure took an online turn.

What is a Passport?

A passport is an official document provided by a government that certifies the holder’s identity and citizenship and allows them to travel to and from foreign nations under its protection.

It is nearly impossible to move across countries or jurisdictions without a passport.

Since then, there has been much discussion regarding the procedure, with some Ghanaians skeptical of the entire “online application” process.

What You Need To Apply For The Ghana Passport Online.

First Time Applicants

  1. Birth Certificate (Proof of Ghanaian citizenship) – You can apply for one here.
  2. Documents to support Identity such as Driver’s Licence, National ID card.
  3. Proof of Profession. (An introductory letter from the applicant’s employer that is if the applicant is currently employed or a work ID card that bears the applicant’s name, organization’s name, and position. A student ID if the applicant is currently in school. Homemakers/housewives and applicants that are unemployed and those in the non-formal sector of employment like mechanics, hairdressers seamstresses, traders, etc. do not need proof. Registered Business Owners and self-employed applicants must produce their business registration certificate as proof).

Applicants Below 18.

What you need to apply for the passport:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Parents’ or Guardians’ ID

Biometric Passport Renewal.

What you need to apply for the passport:

  1. First page and bio-data page with picture and information page.
  2. Valid VISA if the applicant has any in Old Passport.
  3. Last page.
  4. Proof of Profession if changed.

Black Book Passport Renewal.

What you need to apply for the passport:

  1. First page (Coat of Arms and Director’s signature)
  2. Biodata page with pictures and information
  3. Valid Visa if the applicant has any in Old Passport
  4. Profession page
  5. Proof of Profession if change
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Missing Passport.

What you need to apply for the passport:

  1. Police Report
  2. Affidavit
  3. Proof of Identity
  4. Birth Certificate

Damaged Passport.

What you need to apply for the passport:

  1. Old damaged passport
  2. Affidavit

Change of Name.

What you need to apply for the passport:

  1. Marriage/Divorce Certificate
  2. Affidavit
  3. Gazette

Types of Ghanaian Passport Applications and their Prices.

There are two types of Applications. The first one is the Expedited Application popularly known as “Express,” and the other one is the Standard application, which takes a longer time to process. Each of these Applications has a 32 booklet page or a 48 booklet page.

Below is how much it’ll costs you to get a passport in Ghana:

#NameProcessing Fees
1Expedited Application 48 PagesGHS 200.00
2Expedited Application 32 PagesGHS 150.00
3Standard Application 32 PagesGHS 100.00
4Standard Application 48 PagesGHS 150.00

New prices set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are effective as of February 1, 2020.

How to Apply for a Ghanaian Passport Online.

Online Passport Application Centres in Ghana.

There were only 5 Online Passport Application centers in Ghana previously. Currently, all 11 application centers in the nation handle online applications.

You can choose any of them throughout the application process, and you will go there for biometrics and to receive your passport after it is completed.

Here is a list of Passport Application centers in Ghana where you may complete your biometric application process:

#LocationAddress
1Accra PACKinbu Road (Old Foreign Affairs)
2Kumasi PACGuggisberg Road, Opposite PWD, Adum, Ministries
3Takoradi PACGhana Immigration Head Quarters (Within the Regional Administration)
4Sunyani PACAdjacent to Jubilee (shares a wall with the Park)
5Ho PACRegional Administration (Shared building with Immigration)
6Tamale PACPolice Park (Old Library)
7Ridge PACRidge
8Premium PAC – AccraAccra Digital Center, Adjacent State Housing Company, Ring Road West, Accra
9Tema PACFormer IRS Office, Community 4, Tema
10Koforidua PACPWD Office, SSNIT Office Area, Koforidua.
11Premium PAC – Kumasi2nd Floor, Thankful Heights Building, Adum, Kumasi
12Premium PAC – Tamale2nd Floor, Pension Tower, Tamale
13Cape Coast PACOpposite Ford Station
14Wa PACBlock C, Regional Coordination Council, Wa

Kindly note that the Premium Passport Application Centers in Ghana offer a faster VIP experience at an additional cost.

Application Journey For All Applicant Type.

New User Coming From Ghana.Gov To Apply For Passport.

  1. Open the Ghana.Gov website.
  2. Click on Passport Office.
  3. Click on “Apply”.
  4. Click “OK”.
  5. Click on “Sign Up” at the right corner of your screen.
  6. Enter your details as shown in the screenshot below.
  7. Click on “Continue” after completing the details.
  8. A One Time Password (OPT) would be sent to the phone number provided during the registration.
  9. Enter the OTP and hit “Continue”.
  10. Click on “Apply”.
  11. Search for the Passport Office.
  12. Click on “Apply”.
  13. You would be redirected to a different page as shown below.
  14. Click on “Authorize” to enable the application to share your details with the Passport Application portal.
  15. You will be redirected to the passport application platform as shown below to either Make a Payment or Verify the Voucher.
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New User From Passport Site To Ghana.Gov (Application Journey).

  1. Visit the Passport Website.
  2. Click on “New User? Register Here” Passport Application Site.
  3. Click on “Sign Up” to create a new account on Ghana.gov” as indicated in the screenshot.
  4. Enter your details as shown in the screenshot below.
  5. Click on “Continue” after completing the details.
  6. A One Time Password (OPT) would be sent to the phone number provided.
  7. Enter the OTP and hit “Continue”.
  8. Click on “Apply”.
  9. Search for the Passport Office.
  10. Click on “Apply”.
  11. You would be redirected to a different page as shown below.
  12. Click on “Authorize” to enable the application to share your details with the Passport Application Portal.
  13. You will be redirected to the passport application platform, as shown below.

Existing User Coming From The Passport Application Site.

  1. Click on “Existing User”.
  2. You will be redirected to a “How to Apply” page to enable you to familiarise yourself with the application process. Kindly read it before you proceed.
  3. You would be redirected to the Ghana.gov login page.
  4. Click on “Sign Up” to create a Ghana.gov account with the same email address as your passport account.
  5. If you already have an account on Ghana.gov, click on Sign In. This will take you straight to the Passport Application site.
  6. If you purchased a voucher from the bank, click on Verify Voucher to input the voucher details.
  7. If you are yet to make payment for the application form, click on “Make Payment” and follow the process.

How To Get Your Ghanaian Passport In A Few Days.

In 2019, the Government of Ghana introduced a premium service for Passports to make the process even faster. This was after the passport form was made available for free download and filling out.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned a fast-track application processing office known as the Premium Passport Processing Centre at the Accra Digital Centre (Contact: +233303978399 for directions).

To use this passport service, applicants will go through the usual vetting and passport applications. They will fill out the form online (as described in this article below).

At the end of the application process, there are two options to choose from. Choose a premium application center. You will be given a date to go to the office. There, you will pay GHS 60 and the process will be underway.

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You will receive text confirmation messages from the Ghana Passport Application Centre on the status of your passport.

When you receive the final message, which looks like this: “Hello TeqLens, Your passport G2****1 is ready for collection at Premium PAC – Accra Passport Office. The collection time is 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Thank you.”, you can go to the Premium Passport Application center to collect your passport.

In total, you pay the following for passport and processing:

  • GHS 160 for Standard Application (32 Booklet Pages) + Premium PAC
  • GHS 210 for Express Application (32 Booklet Pages) + Premium PAC

How The Ghana Passport Old Application Was Done Before The Online Process Was Introduced.

How Was The Ghana Passport Old Application Done Before The Online Process Was Introduced?

Before the Ghana Passport Application Online, applicants had to purchase a form and fill it out. This was a time-consuming procedure because most of the criteria were difficult to comprehend.

The depressing nature of the application procedure resulted in a large number of middlemen. Although some middlemen were legitimate, many were not, and they frequently wasted the money of unwary applicants.

In the worst-case scenario, the Middle Men would present false passports to applicants, particularly prior to Ghana’s use of biometric passports. Despite the introduction of biometric passport registration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, middlemen and other scam artists were not deterred. They have continued to “operate” under several guises so far.

Another disadvantage of the previous application procedure was that it caused long lines at Passport Application Centers, which sometimes resulted in conflicts and disarray, putting a lot of stress on passport office employees.

The Log-In Screen for the Online Ghana Passport Application
The Log-In Screen for the Online Ghana Passport Application

Download Ghana Passport Online Application Form Sample.

You can download a sample “filled” Ghana Passport (Online Application) to know which information you will need. Download here 👉: Sample-Passport-Ghana-Online-Passport-Application

Please know that this form is only to serve as a guide and you are not to actually fill it or submit it anywhere. The form lets you know which information is needed.

Where Can I Pay for an Online Ghana Passport Application?

There are a lot of options when it comes to paying for the online form. You can use MTN Mobile Money, AirtelTigo Money, or Vodafone Cash. Find the partner banks too and their mode of payment.

#BankChannels
1Ecobank GhanaVISA & MasterCard, MTN Mobile Money, Vodafone Cash,
2GCB BankVodafone Cash.
3Ghana.GovGhana.Gov Pay.
4Zenith Bank GhanaVISA & MasterCard, MTN Mobile Money, Vodafone Cash,

Important Details About Ghana Passport Application You Need To Know.

If you have all of the required documents, upload your information on the online passport application, pay your processing costs, and if there are no errors in your supporting material, you should receive your new passport within 10 to 30 days.

If you have any other questions or concerns, you can go through the FAQs section below or leave a comment and the TeqLens team will be of assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Passport Application in Ghana.

How much does it cost to get a passport in Ghana?

It cost GHS 100 for the Standard Passport Application online in Ghana. However, the price might increase when you choose a premium, express service, or a 48-page passport booklet.

How long does it take to get a Ghanaian passport?

It takes a minimum of 15 days to get a passport in Ghana when it is expedited and submitted at the premium passport application center.

How can I apply for a passport online?

To apply for a Ghana Passport, follow the online steps that have been outlined on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or learn more here.

What do I need to get a passport in Ghana?

To apply for a new passport in Ghana, you need your Ghana Birth Certificate or other proof of Ghanaian citizenship, other identity documents, proof of profession, and a guarantor.

Can I still apply for a Ghanaian passport the old way?

No. The online process is required to finish the process. You will be unable to apply for a Ghana passport via the previous manual method beginning March 1, 2020.

Beware that anybody attempting to offer you a “physical passport form” is most certainly a scammer.

Is the entire application process fully Online now?

No! The entire procedure is not available online. After completing the online portion of the application, you will schedule an appointment with the Accra application center or any of the Passport Application centers around the country to finish the procedure.

How do I renew my Ghana Passport online?

Renewing a Ghana passport online is the same process as applying for a new one. However, the only document you need to present is your old biometric passport.

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