General Questions

  • What is a visa? And why do I need one?

    • A visa is a stamp that is affixed to a blank visa page in your passport. The visa is required by some foreign countries before you are able to enter their territory.

  • Do I need to send you my passport in order to receive a visa?

    • Yes, your passport must be submitted with the required paperwork and photo in order to obtain a visa for traveling to Ghana.

  • How long does it take to process my application for a visa?

    • One should allow 10 business days from date received for a non rush visa to be processed and a rush visa will be processed the same day when received during business hours.

  • If I make a mistake on my application, what will happen?

    • IF you have put your cell phone number in the appropriate space, 3b, the Houston office will call you. If you put your email at the bottom of the page, Houston will email you. If there is no response to these inquiries, your paperwork will be returned to the sender on the third day.

  • Where can I find when my visa or passport expires?
    • On your visa, look above and to the right of the signature and you will see the date of issue. A single visa is good for one time only and expires 3 months from date-of-issue. A multiple visa will expire either 36 months or 60 months from date-of-issue. The date of passport expiration is at the top of the visa and on the picture page of the passport.

Visa and Consulate Specific Questions

  • What is the difference between a rush and a non-rush visa?

    • The difference between the visas is the amount of time it takes to process. A NON-RUSH visa should be processed in 10 business days (2 weeks) from the date received. In Houston, the RUSH visa is processed and will be sent back on the day received or in less than 5 business days if received on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. If you bring your completed application in to our office, it will be processed in about 15 minutes.

  • How long is my visa valid?

    • A single entry visa is good for one visit within 90 days of the issue date. The multiple entry visa is good for either 36 or 60 months. Business employees must check in with the Ministry of Immigration within 90 days. SINGLE VISAS MUST BE USED WITHIN 90 DAYS. ALL VISAS ARE NO LONGER VALID WHEN THE PASSPORT EXPIRES.

  • To whom do I make out the money order or cashier’s check?

    • If you are requesting a non-rush visa, make your check out to the Ghana Embassy for either $60 or $100. For a rush visa, make your check out to the Ghana Embassy for either $60 or $100 and the rush fee check to Diane Webb for either $40 or $100. The rush fee rates are set by the Embassy.

  • How can I get a gratis ECOWAS visa?

    • Gratis ECOWAS visas are issued in Washington, D.C. not in Houston. Houston does not have the special stamp to issue them. Since they are free, and considered non rush, allow ample time to get your passport back.

  • Do you have any suggestions for large groups submitting applications together?

    1. Please fill out all the "in common" (date of travel, contacts in Ghana, ect...) blanks before giving the application to travelers allowing the applicant to more easily complete the application.
    2. Place each individual’s required documents (application with picture, passport, itinerary, and checks) in a separate envelope with his/her name on the front.
    3. Please provide an alphabetical list of your group.
    4. You may combine the fees into 2 checks, one for the Ghana Embassy and one for Diane Webb
    5. Please call 713-960-1950 if you need further clarification. You may ship all of the applications in one package and use only one prepaid return package as well.

  • Where do I send my completed applications?

    • Send via USPS EXPRESS OR OVERNIGHT ENVELOPE, UPS, or FedEx, signature waived to:

      CONSULATE OF GHANA
      3535 Westheimer Road, Suite #235
      Houston, Texas 77027
      713-960-1950

      Include a return SELF-ADDRESSED, PREPAID, OVERNIGHT, EXPRESS ENVELOPE.
      Your visa and passport will be placed in this envelope.

  • What is "signature waived?"

    • If you waive your signature, the postman, FedEx, or UPS can leave it at the office in our secure slot without needing a signature. If you do not waive the signature, it WILL delay the arrival of your package. It can force us to have to go to the post office to pick it up. UPS or FedEx will take the package back to their center and try to deliver it 3 times. If not successful, the companies will return it to you.

  • Why do you want me to send my package express or overnight mail?

    • It is important that you get your passport and visa back as soon, and as safely, as possible. Express and Overnight packages allow for tracking, and other services not offered on lower classes of mail. To ensure that you get the best service, we recommend overnight or express shipping. DO NOT USE A REGULAR ENVELOPE WITH A 44 CENT STAMP!

      It is important that you keep the tracking numbers for both envelopes so that your package can be easily tracked.

Travel Specific Questions

  • What immunizations or pills are required or suggested?

    • Yellow fever is REQUIRED. We also recommend Malaria, Tetanus, and Typhoid. Do not submit your imunization certificate with visa application form. Keep it and present it at the port of entry in Ghana. We strongly suggest that you ask your physician for a prescription for malaria pills. One begins taking them before leaving for Ghana.

  • What must airline employees or their relatives submit to receive a visa if they are flying stand by?

    • You must include a color copy of you airline badge, front and back, and write “Stand by” in the blank for Ticket Number. You may also submit the stand by ticket.