Ghanaian passengers who have successfully been admitted into the country with their Ghana cards have expressed satisfaction in the new verification process upon their arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.
This comes after the passengers went through due processes supervised by the Ghana Immigration Service at the airport to verify their cards against the national identity register to accept them into the country instead of using the Ghanaian passport.
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) on Monday, announced to the public that beginning Tuesday, March 1, a valid Ghana Card will be accepted as an e-passport for nationals and dual nationals returning to the country.
This followed the official recognition of the Ghana card as an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-compliant travel document.
On Tuesday, passengers who arrived at the Kotoka International Airport with the Ghana cards visited designated booths to verify their identities against the national identity register.
In less than ten minutes, their cards were scanned, pictures taken, and they were successfully admitted into the country, without the use of their passports.
A passenger who spoke to Citi News said the Ghana card made the processes at the airport seamless.
“I mostly use my passport when travelling into the country. I gave him my card and in less than two minutes I was asked to leave. I feel everybody should go in for the Ghana card.”
“Being the first time of using the Ghana Card as an E-Passport, I think it is more time saving, unlike the passport. I am coming from South Africa and I only spent a few minutes there, and I was good to go. I would opt for the Ghana Card if I have to make a choice, being time conscious, I prefer it, Akua Mansah who deals in perfumes told Citi News.
“I am from London and on reaching the Kotoka Airport, I was asked about my Ghana Card, I provided it, and it was just a 5-minutes business, unlike the passport which takes about 25 minutes. I would advise that everyone gets the card even if you won’t travel anytime soon, it is necessary,” Dennis said.