Foreigners staying for more than 90 days must register SIM card with Ghana Card— Telcos

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Foreigners living in Ghana or who intend to be in the country for more than 90 days have been requested to register their SIM cards with Ghana Card

The new directive was released to the public domain by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

The deadline for this instruction has is March 31, 2022. Dr. Ken Ashigbey, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, explained in an interview that the re-registration was for the SIM cards and not for persons or personalities.

“The exercise is not just for Ghanaians; it’s for SIM cards in use in Ghana, so whether they are for calls or data, they have to be registered, and that is the regulation. It does not matter who owns the cards — all that is required is a valid Ghana Card.

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“For non-Ghanaians who are in the country for more than 90 days or visitors coming to stay for more than 90 days, they will have to acquire Ghana cards and then go through the registration exercise,” he told the Daily Graphic.

Dr Ashigbey said discussions were still ongoing for the final decision on how best to deal with people who will be in the country for a brief period but who require the use of SIM cards.

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He explained that at the moment such persons who did not intend to stay beyond 90 days would need valid passports or ECOWAS cards to acquire and register SIM cards.

“For those who will not stay long, those who will be in the country for a short stay, which is less than 90 days, they can use their passports to register for SIM cards, as has been the norm all this while.

“We are still discussing what the best plan will be for non-Ghanaians who arrive for brief stays but who would still require SIM cards,” he added.

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