The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has commissioned a new passport application centre. This centre is to help Ghanaians obtain passports in a short period.
Sited at the Accra Digital Centre, this new Premium Passport Application Centre will help applicants go through the application process within 30 minutes. This will attract an additional cost of ₵50.
This is a result of an alliance between the Ghanaian government and VFS Global. The collaboration is to address the clumsy and time-consuming processes which have characterised passport applications in Ghana.
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said they’ll build same facilities in other parts of the country to ease passport acquisition in the country.
“The Ministry is still committed that additional passport offices are established in each region to ensure that each Ghanaian has easy access to apply for their passport in every regional capital in Ghana without necessarily travelling outside their respective regions.”
The Minister continued, “It is against this backdrop that the ministry through the approval of cabinet has engaged the services of VFS Ghana Limited, a specialized business process outsourcing agency to provide front offices for receiving online passport application. This is aimed at providing the Ghanaian public with the option of improving with respect to online passport application in a seamless convenient manner.”
How the Passport Centre will operate
The Foreign Affairs Minister summarised the new premium passport acquisition process. “Passport applicants who want to use this service, will go through the vetting and do their passport applications as usual. They will fill the form online, be vetted and then be given an appointment date. Afterwards, all their data will be captured and then they will make payment of GH₵ 100 and GH₵ 150 for standard and the premium services respectively”.
She added, “It is just another pas sport office just like the one we have at the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs office. Everything will be done so it goes through the superior vetting at the regional office and then the passport booklet is issued. So, it is the same process we have at our passport ofﬁces. This is to give Ghanaians many more options to acquire their passports”, she added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the passport forms which used to cost ₵50 and ₵100 and are now free. This is because you can now get the form online.