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GhanaCard is not E-passport – Ayorkor Botchwey tells Parliament

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has told Parliament that the GhanaCard is not an E-passport. There have been some debate on this issue as to whether one can use the Ghana card as a passport in traveling out of the country. Not long ago, the Vice President, Dr Bawumia made some comments on this as to allow the usage of Ghana card as passport but it seems is not working for now.

She said this on the floor of the House Tuesday June 14 when asked by the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu whether the GhanaCard is an e-passport. She said

“It is not. By its definition, it is not. The GhanaCard is not a replacement to our current biometric passport. GhanaCard may serve as optional travel document to be used in tandem with our biometric passport. “It must be underscored that the passport, together with the travel certificate are the only approved travel documents for the Ghanaian, they are internationally recognized. 

“At the moment, the GhanaCard cannot be used for travel to other countries either within outside of ECOWAS as that will require bilateral agreement with countries for their authorities to accept the card as travel document. The Ministry is in active discussion with ECOWAS member states and our bilateral partners to achieve this.” She said.

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