Ghana-South Africa visa-free agreement comes up again; SA High Commissioner says it takes effect by December 2021

The long-promised visa-free travel for Ghanaians to South Africa is up again for discussion in 2021.

South Africa High Commissioner to Ghana, Grace Jeanet Mason, has said on Asaase Radio that the visa-free agreement between Ghana and South Africa will become operational by December 2021.

The high commissioner, however, did not mention the stage the agreement has reached, and what has prevented its implementation since Ghanaians were promised in 2019. The high commissioner might have been forced to say this as a response to a question posed to her. Let us see what happens by December 2021.

South Africa Flag
South Africa Flag

Though South Africa is yet to grant holders of Ghanaian passport visa-free travel to the country, many online portals, including the website of the parliament of Ghana, have declared South Africa a visa-free country for holders of Ghanaian ordinary passports.

All the countries that were promised visa-free travel to South Africa in 2019 are all enjoying it with the exception of Ghana with no explanation given. South Africa might have changed their mind or Ghana mistakenly appeared on the list.



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Dubai Visa-free For Ghana: Can Ghanaians Travel To Dubai Without A Visa?

Good news about visas is always received with joy. A typical Ghanaian doesn’t mind spending his life savings on a vacation due to the prestige attached to traveling abroad. However, the process of obtaining visas puts many off due to the uncertainties associated with the outcome of visa applications.

In 2019, it was all over that Ghana has signed a visa-free agreement with Malta to allow holders of ordinary Ghanaian passports to travel to Malta without a visa. It took me series of posts to explain to people why it can never be as Malta is a member of Schengen and as such the country cannot solely admit other nationals into the Schengen area. The agreement was only between holders of Diplomatic passports.

News on South Africa granting Ghanaians visa-free travel also made waves and it’s still on reputable websites, including that of Ghana’s Parliament, that holders of Ghanaian ordinary passport can travel to South Africa without a visa. South Africa visa-free travel for Ghana remains a promise, a promise that may never be fulfilled.

Skydive, Dubai
Skydive, Dubai

Now, there’s another news from Parliament, the same parliament that said Ghanaians can go to Dubai without a visa lol. Don’t celebrate yet as the reports on various news platforms are conflicting.

UAE will never grant holders of Ghanaian ordinary passports visa-free travel. The only countries that travel to the United Arab Emirates without a visa are member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is made up of Arab countries; Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. UAE suspended its diplomatic relations with Qatar which took away the visa-free access Qatar enjoyed.

Dubai visa is a great source of revenue for the UAE. The best they can offer us is visa-on-arrival. Even countries like the USA and UK whose passports are considered to be some of the strongest in the world do not enjoy visa-free travel to Dubai. The agreement signed between Ghana and the UAE probably allows only holders of diplomatic and service passports to travel between the two countries without a visa.

Weird Facts About UK Visa Applications

There are some weird facts about United Kingdom visas and the application process that even most frequent travelers haven’t taken notice of. Your No.1 travel blog Jetsanza.com has put together these facts for your attention and reading pleasure.

It’s about money

The UK Visa Application process is all about money. It’s not as if you are paying a connection man or a middleman to influence the outcome of the application but are official fees that either goes to UK Visas or the commercial partner.

You can pay if you don’t want to book an appointment to submit your application. You can pay if you need a VIP treatment at the application center. You can pay if you want your documents to be scanned on your behalf. You can pay if you want to receive your passport earlier than the usual 15 days. And one weird thing is that paying all these excess fees will neither guarantee you a visa, nor guarantee that you will receive your passport earlier.

Some of the fees are as follows:

  • Assisted Service with scanning of documents : GBP 23.63 / GHS 154.14
  • Express Courier Return : GBP 14.95 / GHS 81.00. Meanwhile courier companies in Ghana charge less than GHS12 / USD 2.5 for domestic deliveries.
  • Premium Lounge for those who hate queues and need VIP treatment: GBP 89.00 / GHS 490.00
  • Walk-in with or without appointment: GBP 89.00 / GHS 490.00
  • Applicants who can’t come during working hours: GBP 88.13 / GHS 490.00
  • Can’t go to the application center? They’ll come to you!: Fees quoted upon demand.
  • Priority? Need your decision within 5 working days? : GBP 220.00 / GHS 1,225
  • Assistance in filling form? They will give you : GBP 25.00 / GHS 136.00

One worrying situation people have found themselves in is choosing several of these valued added services without knowing if they really needed them. They are forced to pay these fees thinking that the more they pay, the faster or more likely their application would turn out positive. Others also think they are supposed to tick everything they see. Jetsanza.com will throw more light on what to tick in the next article so that you can apply on a more cheaper side.

Still about more money

If your application takes longer than expected, then you are not done yet with spending money on your application. If an application takes longer than expected to process, UK Visas usually send the applicant an email that the application will take some more days to process. When you wait for some weeks and you are not hearing anything, you will probably want to contact them. This is where you have to pay. You are required to pay for each minute you speak to a customer care agent or for any email you send. Weird right?

An applicant paying to contact UK Visas by email
An applicant paying to contact UK Visas by email

Visa issued ONLY for who you are at the time of application

If your circumstances change after a visa is issued, your visa can be cancelled. Example: If you were issued a visa because you were a cleaner, the visa will be revoked when you seize to be a cleaner. When you either become unemployed or change job from cleaner to be a trader, the visa will be revoked anytime they get hold of your passport, whether at the embassy or at any UK point of entry. Weird right? LOL

Applicants bear cost for Visa Officer’s negligence

“You have been denied because you did not include any evidence that you are a student”. Oh but you added an Introductory Letter from School and even included copy of your School ID. Probably the Visa Officer didn’t see these documents. Either it’s an oversight or negligence of duty, it’s the applicant that bears the cost. Now you will have to pay another visa fee to make a new application to draw their attention to the documents that you included because visit visa applications are not granted the right to appeal. So the only right you enjoy is to make a fresh application; fresh fees.

Frequent travelers list all their travels

If you are a first-time traveler, then the UK Visa application form is the simplest one. Completing the forms is a trouble for frequent travelers like myself. You have to list all the countries you have visited, date you visited and purpose of travel for each of them. Just imagine someone like myself who have visited South Africa, Kenya and Togo countless times. How do I recall all the purposes of each of the travels? If your passports are old and some stamps are fading away, it means getting to know the dates too would be problem. All these make it difficult for me to apply for a UK visa unless I really have something very important to do in the country.

And UK Visas are easiest to get

Upon all what seem to make UK Visas very difficult to obtain, it’s rather the easiest to get. While the US, Canada and even Schengen countries place priority on travel experiences, the UK rather grant people the travel experience. Though travel experiences may positively influence the outcome of your UK Visa application, it shouldn’t be a concern for first-time travelers. Just present your documents depending on your circumstance, explain why you don’t have certain documents, and be honest throughout with your answers on the visa application forms. It’s easier to obtain a UK visa by explaining why you don’t have a bank statement than including a fake bank statement.

Visa to Cuba: How to successfully apply for Cuban Visa in Ghana

Cuba, a country in the Caribbean, welcome Ghanaian visitors with open arms.

Cuba has one of the most straightforward visa application procedures for holders of Ghanaian passports. Travel lovers have taken advantage of the ease of getting a Cuban visa to embark on vacation and honeymoon in the country.

Jetsanza.com has made the application process easier by listing all the documents needed and the processes involved in this article. We hope this will save you time and money as you plan your trip to Cuba.

General Requirement

1. Passport

2. Two Passport Pictures

3. Birth Certificate

4. Affidavit: Declaration that you will return after the holiday

5. Police Report

6. Visa Form (To be completed at the embassy on the day of application)

7. Hotel Reservation: How to make a hotel booking to support the visa application.

8. Ticket reservation (Not a purchased ticket/confirmed booking)

9. Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

Self-employed

1. Business Registration Documents

2. Introductory Letter

3. Bank Statement

 

Employee

1. Letter of introduction from work

2. Payslips

3. Bank Statement

 

Visa Fees

Standard: GHS 303 (One week)

Express: GHS 606 (Same day)

 

Working Hours

Only Tuesdays 09:00 – 13:00

 

Embassy Location:

22 A Akosombo Road, Airport Residential Area, Accra

What to note

1. The embassy works only on Tuesdays, and you have to make sure you have every document in order not to prolong the application process.

2. The Affidavit must be prepared by either a lawyer or a Commissioner of Oaths.

3. Make photocopies of all original documents.

4. Visit the embassy early so that you can rectify any errors made on time.

Canada visa lottery: How to apply

The introduction of the DV Lottery by the United States of America has left many people wondering if there isn’t another for Canada considering its proximity to the USA. The immediate answer is that Canada as a sovereign state has not started any such thing.

How to apply Canada visa lottery

Even though one would occasionally come across such programs on the internet, these are not from the Government of Canada. One follows these at their own risk.

Is there anything like Canada visa lottery?

There’s nothing like Canada Visa lottery. All such existing programs seen online on various portals are scams. If you desire to travel to live and work or school in Canada, there are other options available and not the lottery.

School: One can have the opportunity of travelling to Canada as a student.

Tourism: Just like many other countries, the Canadian government recognizes tourists and readily accepts visitors into their country for tourism purposes.

Trade and Development: Like several countries across the glode, Canada has several trade and development initiatives that can open doors for people seeking to do business in their country. If you are interested in doing business, this is one thing that can get you into Canada.

Your best bet is to visit the Canadian Embassy in your country about travelling opportunities.

UK Visa Application In Ghana

Holders of Ghanaian passport require a visa when traveling to the United Kingdom. Ghanaians visiting the UK can stay for up to 6 months on each visit unless otherwise stated on the visa.

UK Visa Application Requirements For Standard Visa

UK Standard Visa permits the holder to stay in the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, visiting family and friends, business, undertake a short course of study, take part in research or an exchange programme as an academic, or for medical reasons. The documents required to apply for the visa depends on the purpose of travel. For persons visiting for tourism purposes, below are the documents required:

  1. Passport (Should be valid throughout the whole of your stay in the UK)
  2. Old Passports (If any)
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. Flight Reservation
  5. Hotel Reservation
  6. Travel itinerary
  7. Proof of financial support (Bank Statements)
  8. Proof of employment/studies (Including Introductory Letter)
  9. Properties and investments (If any)
  10. Marriage Certificate (If married)
  11. Children’s Birth Certificate (If any)

UK Visa Application Process

  1. Make available all the needed documents
  2. Complete the visa application form online at Gov.UK
  3. Pay the visa application fee, upload documents, and book an appointment to submit your biometrics
  4. Appear at the Visa Application Center on the day of the appointment with your passport
  5. Processing of application begins after submission of biometrics
  6. Visa Application Center contacts you to pick up your passport once application processing is completed.

UK Visa Application Fees

  • Short-term (up to 6 months): $139
  • Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years): $530
  • Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years): $961
  • Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years): $1206

READ ASLO: Countries That Can Enter The UK Without A Visa

Can J1 visa holder apply for green card lottery?

The Green card is needed by many people across the globe, not just people from outside the USA, this is because there are many other people even in the States who do not have the Green Card and would want to have it, these group of people can also apply.

So yes, J1 visa holders can also apply for the DV lottery or Green Card lottery and switch status after winning.

So in effect, everyone can apply. For example when persons in the United States who need Green Cards apply and win, all they do is that they can switch their status with their win.

The Green Card Lottery is the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, it was introduced by the United States Government in 1990. Ever since its introduction, millions have gotten the opportunity to change their country of residence to the USA. Many have become dual citizens of the USA, others have naturalized outright, in this light, even those in the States who do not have Green Cards have gotten it through the lottery.

The program is a lottery, as such, like all other lotteries, it is a thing of chance and not a certainty that you would be selected after applying. What happens is that when you obey the rules and apply according to all the specifications given, for example, the picture quality, then you increase your chances because all double entries will be taken out, all bad entries will also be taken out. Then those that are “correct” will be but into the electronic draw.

The program aims to allow people who want to live and work, school or simply change their country of residence to the United States to be able to do so. Applying for the program is therefore free. Any attempted to be charged before you apply must be seen as a scam.

From 2018,  23 million people are said to be applying to the lottery annually, however, only 50,000 people are selected as winners each year.

Dubai Visa Application In Ghana

Ghanaians visiting Dubai, or the United Arab Emirates, need to obtain a visa before visiting.

Dubai Visa is valid for travel across all the emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Dubai itself.

Travelers who want to visit nearby countries, or other countries while in Dubai are to obtain multiple entry visas if they intend to return to the UAE.

Jetsanza.com can assist you with your Dubai visas. Just browse through the packages below and select your desired Dubai Visa type.

Dubai Visa Types And Prices

If you intend to visit the UAE one-time, a 30-Day single entry visa is recommended. If you apply through Jetsanza.com, your visa would be processed immediately and delivered within 48 hours. Our Dubai Visa service comes with Travel Insurance. A scanned copy of your passport data page and passport photo are required to process the visa. Nothing else.

A 30-Day multiple entry visa is recommended for travelers who want to visit Dubai more than once within 30 days. It is the ideal visa for those intending to visit nearby countries. A multiple entry visa is needed if you want to visit other countries and still return to the UAE to catch your return flight or continue with your activities. If you apply through Jetsanza.com, your visa would be processed immediately and delivered within 48 hours.

Our Dubai Visa service comes with Travel Insurance. A scanned copy of your passport data page and passport photo are required to process the visa. Nothing else.

If you want to stay in Dubai of the UAE for a longer period on a single visit, then you need a 90-Day single entry visa. If you apply through Jetsanza.com, your visa would be processed immediately and delivered within 48 hours.

Our Dubai Visa service comes with Travel Insurance. A scanned copy of your passport data page and passport photo are required to process the visa. Nothing else.

A 90-Day multiple entry visa is recommended for travelers who want to visit Dubai more than once within 90 days. It is the ideal visa for those intending to visit nearby countries. A multiple entry visa is needed if you want to visit other countries and still return to the UAE to catch your return flight or continue with your activities. If you apply through Jetsanza.com, your visa would be processed immediately and delivered within 48 hours.

Our Dubai Visa service comes with Travel Insurance. A scanned copy of your passport data page and passport photo are required to process the visa. Nothing else.

What is the green card lottery?

The Green Card Lottery is the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, it was introduced by the United States Government in 1990. Ever since its introduction, millions have gotten the opportunity to change their country of residence to the USA. Many have become dual citizens of the USA, others have naturalized outright, in this light, even those in the States who do not have Green Cards have gotten it through the lottery.

The program is a lottery, as such, like all other lotteries, it is a thing of chance and not a certainty that you would be selected after applying. What happens is that when you go by the rules and apply according to all the specifications given, for example, the picture quality, then you increase your chances because all double entries will be taken out, all bad entries will also be taken out. Then those that are “correct” will be put into the electronic draw.

The program aims to allow people who want to live and work, school or simply change their country of residence to the United States to be able to do so. Applying for the program is therefore free. Any attempt to be charged before you apply must be seen as a scam.

From 2018, 23 million people are said to be applying to the lottery annually, however, only 50,000 people are selected as winners each year.

How DV Lottery winners are selected

Winners of the DV lottery are selected electronically.

Because the selection is done electronically, it is important to stick to the rules during the application, this is because all bad entries and all double entries will automatically be taken out before the “good entries” are entered into the electronic draw.

About DV lottery

The Green Card Lottery is the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, it was introduced by the United States Government in 1990. Ever since its introduction, millions have gotten the opportunity to change their country of residence to the USA. Many have become dual citizens of the USA, others have naturalized outright, in this light, even those in the States who do not have Green Cards have gotten it through the lottery.

The program is a lottery, as such, like all other lotteries, it is a thing of chance and not a certainty that you would be selected after applying. What happens is that when you obey the rules and apply according to all the specifications given, for example, the picture quality, then you increase your chances because all double entries will be taken out, all bad entries will also be taken out. Then those that are “correct” will be but into the electronic draw.

The program aims to allow people who want to live and work, school or simply change their country of residence to the United States to be able to do so. Applying for the program is therefore free. Any attempted to be charged before you apply must be seen as a scam.

From 2018,  23 million people are said to be applying to the lottery annually, however, only 50,000 people are selected as winners each year.

Month registration is done

Registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa program normally opens in October. Applications are accepted until November. When all applications have been accepted and taken through the selection procedure, the results are released in May the following year.

However, the results for this year’s has been postponed to June. If you applied, you can wait patiently for the results to be announced. If you want to check for the status of your entry too, you can do that at https://dvlottery.state.gov/ using your unique confirmation number and personal information.

The winners are processed from October to September 30, the following year. Because winners are selected electronically, it is important to take all the application instructions seriously.

All bad registrations are rejected, all double entries are also rejected. The rest of the valid applications are then put into a draw. If you are a winner or are selected, you will be notified via mail.

As much as possible, avoid applying through middlemen who charge fees to apply on your behalf.

The DV lottery is also not for sale nor transferable. Claims of selling DV lottery winnings are scams and should be reported to the police.