You will not need to have and produce a passport in 2022 as the Ghana Card will serve that role as an e-passport.
This was announced by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia today at Transforming of Ghana Economy Through Digitalization conference in Accra.
According to him, the Ghana Card will serve as an e-passport in order to help travellers to identify themselves conveniently and to help those living in the diaspora not to need visas before coming to Ghana.
“By the end of the first quarter of 2022, the Ghana Card will be recognized as an e-Passport in 179 countries.”
“When this is done, Ghanaians in the diaspora would not need a visa to return to Ghana.”
“The Ghana Card is an e-Passport to authenticate the identity of travelers.”
Newborn Babies Will Start Having Ghana Cards To Avoid Corruption – Dr Bawumia
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that effective 2022, every newborn in Ghana will get a Ghana Card number shortly after birth.
He made the revelation during a public lecture at Ashesi University on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Dr Bawumia said the actual card will be issued when the child is grown and the biometrics are fully formed (after age 6).
Shedding more light on the digital strides chalked by the Akufo-Addo government since it assumed office, the Vice President also opined that the transformation at the Birth and Deaths Registry was welcome news.
He added that the reforms at the Births and Deaths Registry is to make it more in tune with the times and provide better-protected information on the citizens and residents of Ghana.
“Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. There clearly was insufficient investment in the institution. It was messy and it was sad. It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment,” he noted.
“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification Authority, Ghana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths should be consistent across all these databases.”