A total of 9 electronic gates (E-gate) – 7 at arrivals and 2 yet to be installed at departures – for automated border control have been inaugurated at the Arrival hall at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
E-Gates basically allow travellers to use their passports to automatically enter and exit the country.
The gates use facial recognition technology to verify the user’s identity against the data stored in the chip in their biometric passport.
Inaugurating the system, Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Ekuful said the focus of the e-Immigration system was the provision of an end-to-end integration of border control operations, permit and visa management systems, business processes including document and record management, web-enabled system, improved and efficient information technology infrastructure and interconnection with key stakeholders.
Mr Eric Afari, the Deputy Commissioner of GIS, expressed the hope that the gate will be put to good use so that it will have the full benefit for Ghana.”
Registration is currently underway at the arrival hall at KIA to enrol Ghanaians onto the system.
Present at the inauguration were Minister of Aviation, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Ekuful, Deputy Minister of Aviation Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko- Mensah and officials from GACL and GCAA.