Ghana and South Africa have entered into an agreement for a visa waiver regime for holders of ordinary passports. This means that citizens of both countries can travel and stay in each other’s territory for up to 90 days without visa in a calendar year.
The agreement, which takes effect from 1 November, was announced in a press statement issued on Friday [13 October] by Ghana’s foreign ministry.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to inform the general public that the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of South Africa have entered into an agreement on a visa waiver regime for holders of ordinary passport.”
The statement added that travellers from both countries could stay up to 90 days in the visiting country but are not allowed to work.
“Travellers may transit through, depart from and stay in the territory of both countries for a cumulative period of up to ninety (90) days without recourse to work.”
The statement concluded that “the travelling public is hereby advised to take note of this development.”
In a separate statement, the South African High Commission in Ghana said that ordinary passport holders are expected to apply for visa to enter South Africa if they have stayed more than 90 days in a year.
In January, South Africa also signed an agreement for Kenyans to be able to visit the country visa-free for up to 90 days in a calendar year.