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GUIDELINES FOR PASSPORT APPLICANTS
APPLICANTS, GUARANTORS AND WITNESSES ARE TO NOTE THAT THE MAKING OF A FALSE STATEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROCURING A PASSPORT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 15 OF THE PASSPORT AND TRAVEL CERTIFICATE DECREE (NLCD 155, 1967) OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA.
WHERE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO PROSECUTE SUCH PERSONS IN A CRIMINAL COURT BECAUSE THEY LIVE OUTSIDE GHANA, SUCH PERSONS SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING OR ACQUIRING A GHANA PASSPORT, AND ANY PASSPORT ALREADY ISSUED TO THEM SHALL BE WITHDRAWN AND CONFISCATED.
THEY MAY ALSO BE ARRESTED AND DEALT WITH UNDER GHANA LAW ANYTIME THEY ENTER GHANA.
- An applicant for a new passport must duly complete a passport application form and return it with four passport size photos and other relevant documents, e.g. birth certificate, expired / current passport, etc. all supporting documents must be submitted in original as well as photocopies of the original documents, the latter will be returned to the applicants.
- An application for a new passport or renewal (extension) may be submitted six months to the date of expiry. An application for a new passport may also be submitted when the pages of current passport are all endorsed with visas/stamps.
- An application for a new passport to replace a missing passport/lost passport shall be accompanied by a police report in addition to the other usual requirements for the issue of a passport.
- An application for a new passport to replace a damaged passport shall be accompanied by a photocopy of the damaged passport in addition to the other usual requirements for the issue of a passport.
An application for a new passport for a child born in Italy, must be supported by a birth certificate and photocopies of parents’ documents.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WITHOUT PASSPORTS
Please note that there is no procedure for applicants who were born in Ghana and claim to have travelled to Italy or any other country without their Ghana passports.
The normal process would be for such applicants to return to Ghana to apply for Ghana passports from the Director of Passports, Accra.
It is also against the laws of both Ghana and Italy to travel to Italy on another person’s Ghanaian or other citizen’s passport.
COLLECTION OF ISSUED PASSPORTS
Newly issued passports should be collected personally by the applicants. The applicant will be required to fill in and sign the appropriate column of the passport collection book, and also append his signature in the passport in the presence of the Head of the Consular section before the passport will be released to the applicant.