The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, approved Ghana’s National Identity Card, popularly known as the Ghana Card to be recognized globally as a valid electronic passport.
This means, holders of the Ghana Card, as well as its future biometric equivalents, can present it as official documentation at all 197 (ICAO) compliant countries and 44,000 airports worldwide and board flights to Ghana.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President, previously stated that the Ghana card will be recognized as an electronic passport worldwide by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
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He said that the Ghana Card, which would include an embedded microchip containing the holder’s information, can be read and validated at any ICAO-compliant borders.
This will apply to 44,000 airports in 195 nations throughout the world.
The Vice President made this announcement at the Ashesi University Campus on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, while addressing the topic: “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story.”
“When this happens, holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana. Furthermore, the good news for diasporan Ghanaians is that when the Ghana Immigration Service is linked to the NIA architecture, diasporan Ghanaians who hold the Ghana card should not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana,” he disclosed.