Tourist & Business Visa Requirements


Travel Notes

Citizenship: USA

Please note this visa requirements are for US citizens only. If you are not a US citizen please contact our office at (914) 592-2760.

US passport must be signed, valid for at least 6 months and with at least 2-3 blank visa pages not amendment pages in passport. If your passport does not meet the requirements, we can assist with obtaining new passport or passport renewal for a valid US passport.

Pre-Check Documents is available.  If you choose to not pre check your documents, and JIDS receives your documents with errors, you will be charged for a representative to assist you with corrections.
Concierge Service is available for this country

Entry Requirements
  • Passport and Visa are required.
  • Health Declaration before travel fill out here 
  • All travelers must present a yellow fever certificate upon arrival
  • Must present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure
  • Prospective travellers or visa applicants should note the following:
    • 1. Passengers must arrive in Ghana with a negative COVID-19 test result that is not more than 72 hours old, from a reputable health facility.
    • 2. Every passenger will be required to disembark in Ghana wearing a face mask.
    • 3. All passengers will be required to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Accra Kotoka International Airport on arrival. Cost for the test will be borne by the passenger.
    • 4. Test results will be ready in 30 minutes, and those who test negative will be discharged to go home while those who test positive will be handed over to the Ghanaian Health Officials.


    The Ghana Mission to the United Nations and Consulate General in New York wish all Visa applicants a pleasant trip to Ghana even under these rather difficult COVID-19 pandemic conditions.

  • Consulate Closed on FRIDAYS
  • Valid Signed Passport
    • Applicant must submit their current signed passport.
    • Applicant must also include a color copy of the information page of the passport.

Note: In order to obtain visas, passport must have at least two blank visa pages side by side. Pages in the passport marked “Amendment” pages are not valid for visas. JIDS recommends your passport is valid for at least six months past the last day of stay from international destination.

JIDS can help you renew it if you need more validity. If you require passport services, please refer to our passport services section.

Photo Requirement
  • Applicant must submit (2) color, passport style 2 x 2 photograph.The photos must be recent within 6 months, and generally not the same photo as in the passport.

See digital image requirements: Passport Photo Requirements.

Proof of Travel
  • Must submit a computer-generated itinerary from a travel agency or online travel site. E-confirmation from an airline or travel company showing departure from the U.S. and arrival/departure to and from your visa destination.    Acceptable with a valid record locator.


Application online, choose COUNTER SERVICE and pay option MONEY ORDER
(if you need JIDS to get the money order for you, you must advise us of the amount chosen. Credit card often does not work on this site)

DO APPLICATION ONLINE AND THEN PRINT TO SIGN all forms given to you which includes the application, appointment slip and the Authorization letter.

PRINT out TWO APPLICATIONS with original signatures from Ghana New York consulate.  Visa application must be filled out online 

Select COUNTER SERVICE for mode of submission and select MONEY ORDER (advise us how much you selected) and get your reference number. PLEASE NOTE THAT JIDS WILL NOT BE allowed into the consulate IF YOU DO NOT SHOW YOUR APPOINTMENT SLIP and AUTHORIZATION LETTER,

When you print the application, FOLLOW LINK to the DOWNLOAD BUTTONS for Appointment Slip and Authorization.

At time of application it will guide you for the appointment process.  If you would like to call JIDS at this point it is highly recommend to discuss appointment times with us.

You must make an  APPOINTMENT and advise JIDS of this date in ADVANCE.  You need time to submit the documents to JIDS.


3/PRINT and SIGN Authorization LETTER in both places (CALL JIDS to see who the REPRESENTATIVE IS SUBMITTING YOUR DOCUMENTS TO GHANA so it can be added to your document if unclear leave the name blank). This form has one signature line for rep form JIDS and two signature lines for the passport holder.

These forms are given at the end of your application in a DOWNLOAD, they are unique to each traveler with your Reference number on them.

CALL JIDS to ADVISE when the appointment is before you send to us.  To be clear you will be submitting TWO APPLICATIONS, ONE Appointment SLIP, and ONE Authorization Letter as well as the supporting documents listed below.

If Business Cover Letter from the U.S. Company

Note: Self-employed must also submit a copy of a recent bank statement.

  • For business letter please note the following:
    • Applicant must submit a Business letter of support from a U.S. based company.
    • This letter must be on your company letterhead.
    • This letter must be sign by someone other than the applicant.
    • Passport Information
    • How your expenses will be paid
  • Must be an original signed document.

See example below:
Example of business letter 

ORDER FORM then PRINT to include with documents.

  • COPIES of all documents included in your package to JIDS. If copies are not included then a $10.00 copy fee will be applied.

Justin Document Service – ORDER FORM & copies Mandatory order form, which must be included with your original documents to JIDS.

Letter of Invitation
  • Letter of Invitation from host company in Ghana.
    • Copies accepted.
    • Copy of HOST in GHANA identification.
  • If staying with family or friends Invitation from the host in Ghana along with a scanned copy of invitee in Ghana.
  • Hotel confirmation.
  • Register with the US Embassy in the countries you will visit.

Give yourself peace of mind!
Simply fill out this form STEP FORM and let JIDS do it for you $20.00.

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency. Read more…

Mandatory Health Requirements to be SUBMITTED with passport and application:
  • International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow Fever as well as one copy is required and must be presented with application.
  • Visit the Center for Disease Control: CDC.GOV for complete health requirements.
Fees and processing time:

Consular fee and processing time: (consular fees may change)

  • STANDARD /REGULAR SERVICE $ 70 Per Tourist/Business
    • Visa 6 -10 business days MINIMUM processing from day of submission to consulate (based on Consulate approval) time –
  • Multiple entry.
    • $ 110 Per Tourist/Business
  • RUSH 72 hrs.
    • Single entry $ 110.00
    • Multiple entry $ 210.00
  • 24 hrs may be available
    • $160 Single entry
    • $260.00 Multiple entry

An appointment must be made at time of application and the processing time must be chosen.  JIDS must be called in advance to apporve this appointment date.  All submissions start from Appointment date.

Applicable fee paid in U.S. Post Office Money Order, only. If you wish to include your own money order DO NOT WRITE or STAMP any information on your money order.

JIDS can obtain this money order for you.
JIDS fees are not included to see our pricing sheet for fees associated with this.

Please NOTE: Embassy fees may change without notice. JIDS does not assume any responsibility for changes. The above fees DO NOT include JIDS service fees, or return mail fees.

If JIDS is paying government fees (consular or passport agency fees) on your behalf a 5.7% processing fee will be added.

NON US CITIZENS: Additional requirements
  • If you’re a United States Alien resident, a copy of your Green Card must be attached to your application.
  • If you’re a United States Visa holder, a copy of your U.S. Visa must be attached to your application.
  • Accompanying MINORS :
    • Application form signed by both parents or legal guardian(s).
    • Notarized letter of consent signed by both parents or legal guardian(s).
    • Original and copy of the minor’s birth certificate.
Return Shipping fees:
  • Federal Express starting at $29.95 for priority Weekday Delivery based on zip code.Special Deliveries of Federal Express VARY (Ex. SATURDAY DELIVERY OR 8AM DELIVERY, call for rates).RESIDENT home deliveries are an additional $3.00 to have signature required.Verify SIGNATURE OR NO SIGNATURE must be selected.
  • You can include a printed air bill to avoid additional charges. Account numbers without air bill will be charged $5.00.
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