Ghana Card: Not yet sole document for international travel – Foreign Minister Ayorkor Botchway

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By: Augustus Acquaye & Edzorna Francis Mensah

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration says the Ghana Card cannot be used as a sole document for the purposes of international travelling yet.

This means, the Passport and Travel Certificate remain the official documents for travelling outside the country.

The Sector Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, gave this clarification, in response to questions in Parliament.

Ghana Card: Not yet sole document for international travel - Foreign Minister Ayorkor Botchway
Ghana Card

She said, ”the Ghana Card is not a replacement for the current Biometric Passport”.

”The Card serves as an optional travel document to be used in tandem with the Biometric Passport”, she noted.

The Vice President had earlier suggested that the Ghana Card would be recognized as an electronic Passport in 197 countries by 2022.

However, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway on the floor of Parliament said, ”processes for the acceptance of the Ghana Card as a source document for international travel have not been finalized yet”.

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