How to apply & Renew Ghana Passport Online; All you need to know [2020 Guide]
You can now apply for a Ghana Passport online and receive it at any of the Passport Application Centres Nationwide. The prices for the passport application has been increased so do take not.
If you are looking to apply for a Ghana Passport, then we are here to guide you through the process. Kindly note that this article is a bit long so that you get all the information you need.
Kindly take your time and read and we have a section to ask questions if you don’t understand anything.
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Ghana’s Online Passport Application system was introduced in 2017; as at 1st March 2020, it is the only process to use to apply for a Ghanaian Passport in the country.
The once very tiring application process took an online turn when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration launched an online passport application service for Ghanaians to ease the mode of the application while ensuring maximum security for applicants.
Since then, there has been a lot of talk about the process, with some Ghanaian been sceptical about the whole “online application” process.
I personally like the online process because of the integration with Mobile Payment solutions. This means that I don’t have to even go to the bank to buy a pin for the online form. Wonderful!
What do I need to apply for the Ghana Passport Application Online?
First Time Applicants
- Birth Certificate (Proof of Ghanaian citizenship) – This is how to apply for one online.
- Documents to support Identity such as Driver’s Licence, National ID card
- 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, organisation’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)
Renewing Applicants (Biometric)
- First page and bio-data page with picture and information page
- Valid Visa if the applicant has any in Old Passport
- Last page
- Proof of Profession if changed
Types of Ghanaian Passport Application and their Prices
There are two types of Application. The first one is the Expedited Application aka “Express” and the other one is the Standard application that takes a longer time to process. Each of these Applications has a 32 booklet page or a 48 booklet page.
Here is how much it costs to get a passport in Ghana:
|Application Type||Booklet Pages||Price (GHS)|
New Prices by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are effective 1st February 2020.
How to Apply for a Ghanaian Passport Online
Estimate Cost : 100 GHS
Time Needed : 15 days
Every Ghanaian can apply for a Passport via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website. This guide will guide you through the process.
- Create an account on the Application Portal
Visit the Ghana Passport Application Portal at https://passport.mfa.gov.gh. You should then click on sign up to create a new account. Confirm the account by entering the SMS you receive in the confirmation box.
- Start a new Ghana Passport Application
Login to the portal with your Username and Password. Click on Start New Application and make payment for the processing fee.
You can make the payment by choosing a bank, then choosing an application type (standard or expedited), and the payment channel to make payment. After successfully paying the processing fee, the form is issued into your account to continue with your passport application. This form can be found at “My Applications”
- Fill and complete the application form
Once you go the the “My Applications” section of your portal, click on the application and start to fill in all the required details. When you have confirmed that all the information is accurate, sign the Declaration Form.
- Book an appointment date to visit the Passport Application Centre
You can select the Passport Application Centre (PAC) nearest to you or the one you most prefer. Once that is done, book a date you will like to go to the PAC for the verification of your documents and to take your biometric details (i.e. photograph and fingerprints). You can then print the final document and take to your guarantor to fill while you wait for your appointment date.
- Visit the Passport Application Centre
Once you have your signed forms, you can present yourself on the appointment date to the Passport Application Center you chose. Your documents will be verified and your biometric details will also be taken. After your appointment, the PAC will indicate to you when your passport will be ready for collection.
- Collect your Ghana Passport
You will receive an SMS once your Passport is ready for collection. When you receive this message, you will have to visit the Passport Application Centre you did your biometrics at to claim your completed Ghana passport.
- Birth Certificate (Proof of Ghanaian citizenship)
- Proof of Profession or Education Document
- Other Identity Document
- Scanned Copy of Passport Photo
Online Passport Application Centres in Ghana
There used to be only 5 Online Passport Application Centres in Ghana. Right now, all 11 application centres in the country take care of online applications.
You can select any of them during the application process and you will go there for your biometrics and receiving of the passport when it is done.
Here is the list of the Passport Application Centres in Ghana to finish your biometric application process and where you can find them:
|Passport Application Centre||Location|
|Accra Premium PAC||Accra Digital Center, Adjacent State Housing Company, Ring Road West, Accra – See Directions|
|Kumasi Premium PAC||2nd Floor, Thankful Heights Building, Adum, Kumasi – See Directions|
|Accra PAC||Kinbu Road (Old Foreign Affairs) – See directions|
|Ridge PAC||Ridge, Accra|
|Koforidua PAC||PWD Office, SSNIT Office Area, Koforidua – See Directions|
|Tema PAC||Former IRS Office, Community 4, Tema – See Directions|
|Kumasi PAC||Guggisberg Road, Opposite PWD, Adum, Ministries|
|Takoradi PAC||Ghana Immigration Head Quarters (Within the Regional Administration)|
|Sunyani PAC||Adjacent to Jubilee (shares a wall with the Park)|
|Ho PAC||Regional Administration (Shares building with Immigration)|
|Tamale PAC||Police Park (Old Library)|
Kindly note that the Premium Passport Application centres in Ghana give a faster and VIP experience at an additional cost.
How to get your Ghanaian Passport in 15 days
Starting from this year, 2019, the Government of Ghana has introduced the premium service for Passport to make the process even faster. This was after the passport form was made available for free to download and fill.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commissioned a fast-track application process 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 the form online (as described in this article below).
At the end of the application process, there are two options to choose from. Choose premium application centre
You will be given a date to go to the office. There, you will pay GHS 60 and the process will be underway.
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: “Hello Mfidie, Your passport G2****1 is ready for collection at Premium PAC – Accra Passport Office. The collection time is 9:30 am to 3 pm. Thank you.”, you can go to the Premium Passport Application centre to collect your passport.
In total, you pay the following for passport and processing:
- GHS 160 for Standard Application (32 Booklet Page) + Premium PAC
- GHS 210 for Express Application (32 Booklet Page) + Premium PAC
Updates and important notes:
01/03/2020: The online process is now the only way to apply for a Ghana Passport.
31/01/2020: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has reviewed upwards, the prices for the various passport services. This article has been updated to reflect that.
24/01/2020: All Passport Application Centres in Ghana now support the online application. The manual way of applying for Ghana Passport will no longer work from 1st March 2020.
23/01/2020: Note: The Passport Application Centre has confirmed that they don’t accept laminated birth certificates.
01/01/2020: There have been lots of reports of delays at the Kinbu Passport Application Centre so it’s best to choose the Premium Centre @ Accra Digital Centre.
13/11/2019: There are now 5 places nationwide to process your online passport. The latest in the list is Kumasi Premium Passport Application centre at Adum.
20/06/2019: There are now 4 places to process your passport application at.
21/03/2019: By paying an additional GHS 50, you can have your passport delivered to your home.
01/11/2018: From November 2018, the offline process of the application for a Ghanaian passport has been partially taken online. This involves downloading the passport application form for free in PDF.
29/01/19: Banks in Ghana are no longer selling Passport Forms starting from 28th February 2019.
We will continue to update you the process for acquiring the passport form for free. Share this article with your friends who might need it on Facebook and other social media and don’t forget to ask your questions here.
Remember that process required you to pay a processing fee of either GHS 50 or GHS 100.
What is a Passport?
A passport is an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.
Without a passport, it is almost impossible to travel between Countries and or Jurisdictions.
How was the Ghana Passport Application done before the introduction of the online process?
Before the introduction of the Ghana Passport Application Online, applicants had to buy a form and fill. This was a very tedious process because most of the requirements were not easy to understand.
The grim nature of the application process led to a lot of Middle Men. Although some of the Middle Men were genuine, a lot of them were fake and often squandered the money of unsuspecting applicants.
In the worst case, the Middle Men would deliver fake passports to applicants, especially prior to the biometric passport usage in Ghana. Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced the Bio-metric Passport registration, middlemen and other con men were not deterred. They have continued to “operate” thus far under different stratagems.
Another negative of the former application process was that it led to a lot of queues at the Passport Application Centres which often led to fights and disorganisation with a lot of pressure on passport office workers.
Can you apply for a Ghanaian Passport through the old method too?
No. You have to complete the process via the online process. Starting from 1st March 2020, you can not use the old manual process to apply for a Ghana Passport.
Anyone who tries to sell to you a “physical passport form” is most likely a con man. Beware.
Is the Whole Process of the Online Ghana Passport Application fully Online now?
No! The whole process is not online. After completing the online part of the application, you would book an appointment with the application centre in Accra or any of the Passport Application centres nationwide to complete the process.
Download Sample Ghana Passport Online Application form
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 to Apply for Ghana Passport Online?
There are a lot of options when it comes to paying for the online form. You can use the MTN Mobile Money, Tigo Cash or Vodafone Cash. Find the partner banks too and their mode of payment.
|Bank||Available Purchase Channels|
|EcoBank Ghana||Branches nationwide, Airtel Money, VISA & MasterCard, MTN Mobile Money, Tigo Cash, Vodafone Cash.|
|GCB Bank||Branches nationwide, Vodafone Cash.|
|Zenith Bank Ghana||Branches nationwide, Airtel Money, MTN Mobile Money, Tigo Cash, Vodafone Cash, VISA & MasterCard.|
Paying for a new or renewal of Ghanaian Passport Online using Mobile Money
If you would want to use Mobile Money to pay for the Passport online:
- Register a new account on the portal by visiting: https://passport.mfa.gov.gh
- Click on Applications
- Click New Application
- When Payment comes, choose EcoBank, GCB Bank or Zenith Bank
- After that, choose MTN Mobile Money or your preferred network
- Enter your number and confirm the payment via your phone
- The Portal will now allow you to continue the application process
Information Worth Mentioning About Ghana Passport Application
If you have all the correct documentation that you are supposed to have ready and you upload your information on the online passport application and you have paid your processing fees and there is nothing wrong with your supporting documentation, it is expected that you get your new passport in 10 to 30 days.
What is your experience using the online application process for the Ghana passport? You can click the link below and let us know. Thank you for reading.
Frequently Asked Questions about Passport Application 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.
It takes a minimum of 15 days to get a passport in Ghana when it is expedited and submitted at the premium passport application centre.
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.
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.
Renewing a Ghana passport online is the same process as applying for a new one. However, you the only document you need to present is your old biometric passport.