The Passport / TC (C of I)
Under the current Laws, applicants for Ghana Passport must be citizens of Ghana by BIRTH or NATURALIZATION or REGISTRATION or ADOPTION or FOUNDLING or by any enactment of the Parliament of Ghana.
The Government of Ghana has introduced machine-readable biometric Passports for all categories of Ghanaian holders: Diplomatic, Official and Ordinary. The change is in conformity with regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is also aimed at securing the passports.
Ghana Embassy in Tokyo has effective 1st February 2010 ceased the issuance of Hand-written Passports. Completed passport applications are now forwarded to the Passport Office Accra, Ghana for processing and issuance. In view of the change, processing time for a new passport now takes longer. Applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications well ahead of the date of expiry of their current passports in order to avoid any inconvenience.
Holders of current Ghana passports are assured that these can be used for travel if valid until 24th November 2015.
The Travel Certificate also known as Certificate of Identity is issued only to persons who are not in possession of a Ghana Passport for travel to Ghana. Travel Certificate is usually valid for three (3) months from the date of issue. The application form (click to download form, in PDF) must be completed and submitted with evidence of Ghanaian citizenship such as photocopy of passport, birth certificate, voter’s ID card, affidavit and two (2) passport size photographs. Applicants will be required to appear in person for interview by the Consular Officer.
Change of Name in Passport
Application for passport endorsement i.e. Change of Name must be supported by an affidavit, a publication in a Ghanaian newspaper, marriage certificate and a copy of the National Gazette in which the change of name has been published.
RENUNCIATION OF GHANAIAN CITIZENSHIP
The 1994 Constitution recognizes the right of persons eighteen years and above to renounce their Ghanaian citizenship.
Ghanaians wishing to renounce their nationality must submit a formal application to the Minister of Interior through the Embassy (the correspondence should specify the reason(s) informing the request).
The letter must be accompanied by the following:
● A duly completed application for renunciation of Ghana Citizenship form (the document should be purchased at the Embassy)
● Curriculum Vitae of the applicant which must include the names and addresses of parents or any close relations living in Ghana.
● Assurance letter/document from the competent authority that the applicant intends to take up Japanese nationality
● Two (2) recent passport size photographs.
● Photocopy of bio-data page of applicant’s Ghana passport
Renunciation becomes legal only after the Minister of Interior has issued the certificate and forwarded to the applicant through the Embassy. The applicant is required to surrender the Ghana passport on the day of receipt of the document.
REGISTRATION AT THE EMBASSY
Ghanaians who are resident in Japan and Singapore should at the earliest opportunity register their names and addresses at the Ghana Embassy in Tokyo and the Honorary Consulates of Ghana in Singapore and Fukuoka. Failure to do so may in a period of emergency result in difficulty or delay in according them assistance and protection to which they are entitled. Changes of address or departure from the above-mentioned countries should also be notified to the Embassy or Consulate.
A registered Ghanaian is issued with an Identity Card, which serves as a reference point for continued interaction with the Embassy. The Identity Card is valid for five (5) years and must be renewed.
Duly completed registration form (in PDF) must be submitted with your Passport, one passport size photograph and ¥4,800 processing fee.