If you’re reading this you probably know of the changes that were made to the Ghanaian visa process a little over a year ago. Ouagadougou used to be the de facto stop for this visa, however things have changed slightly. Basically, they are now saying that you can only get a tourist visa in your country of resident unless you have a really good excuse why you need to get it Burkina Faso. Well, I went through the process this week (Jan 2012) and this was my experience as a Canadian… I’m sure it’s the same for most other nationalities.
What you need
I photographed the sheet listing what you need as there are some things I’ve left out of this list that you’ll need if you say a journalist or a diplomat. Basically, what you need with you if you’re applying for a tourism visa for Ghana is the following.
- 4 Passport Photos
- Letter of Invitation (if tourist you just need contact info of hotels. It says you need a voucher/receipt from your purchase but just explain that you reserved over the phone if they ask)
- Yellow Fever Certificate
- Written Explanation: On a piece of white paper (which they can give to you at the embassy in Ouagadougou) they expect you to write a reason as to why you couldn’t apply in your home country. Excuses such as: I’ve been travelling for more than 2 months, or it’s cheaper here, are NOT valid. The excuse I used, which was genuine, was that I didn’t know I would be entering Ghana and haven’t been in Canada since deciding to visit. The guy who processes the applications is very good at letting you know if your explanation is good or not. He will read it before processing it.
Costs and other information
- The prices are as follows: 2 month single-entry = 17,700 CFA, 3 month multi-entry = 30,000CFA, 6 month multi-entry = 41,000CFA, 1 year multi-entry = 79,200CFA (there is a photo of the price list attached).
- The embassy is on Avenue D’Oubritenga
- The embassy opens at 8am Mon-Fri
- There is nowhere near the embassy to get passport photos, as a taxi to take you somewhere downtown. They’ll do the polaroid 4 photos in a couple minutes for about 2,500 CFA.
- Processing time is supposed to be 3 working days, but it was actually 4 with me. I dropped it off on Friday and picked it up on Wednesday.
Yeah, it’s completely possible to get your visa here, in fact of the 5 people I met there none were denied. I think that the challenges they put you through are all just a minor deterrent. It’s a bit of a hassle, but it’s possible. In Mali, visas are very difficult to get at the moment, and I’ve only heard of residents getting visas. Your other option would be to do it in Dakar, which I’m told is pretty straight forward. But yeah, I had no problems getting mine.