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The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana has refuted the rumour that Ghanaian passport holders can travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without a valid passport. In a statement, the embassy stated that contrary to the news being circulated on the Internet visa-free era for passport holders has not been implemented as Visa Waiver Agreement between the two countries has not come into force. Thus, Ghanaians cannot travel to the UAE without visa.
A agreement to offer visa free entry to Ghanaians and UAE passport holders was believed to have been approved by Parliament on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
The agreement which was contained in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Government of Ghana and the UAE on mutual exemption of entry visa requirements, is in respect of diplomatic, service/special and ordinary passport holders.
The agreement was executed on November 18, 2019 with the object of waiving the visa requirements for these passport holders in Ghana and the UAE, who can stay for a period not exceeding 90 days.
A recent report had quoted Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, who presented the MoU to the House on May 26, 2021, which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration and report in accordance with Order 140(4) and 183 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.
Chairman of the Committee, Bryan Acheampong indicated that during a presentation of their report that Ghana/UAE had had fruitful cooperation, indicating that the two countries were desirous to take the bilateral relations to another level.
The agreement constitutes a comprehensive framework on visa regimes for both countries and does not impose obligations on the two parties to admit people who are considered to be of questionable character into their territories.
If implemented, the new effort is expected to be a win-win situation for Ghana and UAE through improved relations, trade and bilateral co-operation. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org