Ghanaians home, living and studying abroad have had one of their major worries taken care of by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration as the validity of Ghanaian passports return to 10-year validity period.
In a letter signed by the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammed Habibu Tijani, and sighted by Jetsanza.com, all Ghanaian Missions abroad are to extend the validity of ordinary passport booklets issued to qualified Ghanaian applicants from five years to ten years (5-10 years) with effect from 31st March 2019.
The notice also added that processing fees remain the same until further notice.
“Missions are hereby informed that government has decided to extend the validity of ordinary passport booklets issued to qualified Ghanaian applicants from five years to ten years (5-10 years) with effect from 31st March 2019. The processing fees remain the same until further notice.” The notice stated.
See notice below:
Ghanaian passports used to be valid for 10 years until the recent introduction of the ECOWAS Passports which forced member states to issue them for a period of 5 years.
Last Month, Nigeria introduced a new passport with enhanced security features after it extended its validity from 5 to 10 years.
Jetsanza.com however has not established if the new 10-year validity passports would be produced under poly-carbonate technology to be weather friendly with no room for damages as the present passport booklet not strong enough to last for 10 years.