Ghana’s National Identification Card, sometimes known as the ‘Ghana Card,’ will allow holders to travel across 97 borders and 44,000 airports throughout the world starting on Wednesday, February 9.
As a result, holders of the Ghana Card will be able to board any flight to Ghana just by showing the card.
This comes after the Ghana Card was recognized as a global electronic passport by conforming borders of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Ghana was formally awarded with a certificate certifying the Ghana Card as an e-passport, admissible in 44,00 commercial airports globally, at a ceremony at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada, on Wednesday.
Ransford Sowah, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, received the token, which denoted Ghana’s recognition by the International Civil Aviation Organization, while speaking at the occasion.
“For Ghanaians living or born in the diaspora, holders of the Ghana Card can be allowed to board any flight to Ghana without any visa requirement as we seek to give an inclusive Akwaaba experience to all children and descendants of our motherland”, Mr. Sowah stated.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced in November of last year that the Ghana card will be accepted as an electronic passport worldwide by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
The Ghana Card, which will have an integrated microchip storing information about the holder, can be scanned and validated in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant borders, according to Dr. Bawumia.
The Vice President made the announcement at the Ashesi University Campus on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 while addressing the topic: “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story.”