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GhanaCard has met E-Passport standards – Augustine Blay

Leader Secretary of the Vice President, Augustine Yaw Blay has emphasized that the National Identification Card (GhanaCard) has met every one of the prerequisites of an electronic visa.

As indicated by him, this move places Ghana at a vantage point in continuous plans towards the overall execution of E-visas.

Government had before reported that it had been formally given the endorsement to make the Ghana Card an e-visa to be acknowledged at 44,000 air terminals across the globe.

This implies the Ghana Card, which is an interesting biometric recognizable proof card, will be acknowledged as an e-visa in 197 lines universally and 44,000 air terminals on the planet.

Notwithstanding, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) explained that it was not its liability to "affirm the utilization of a state's character card for global travel instead of a visa."

"Any choice to acknowledge such elective travel personality report is made by the getting state itself," ICAO tweeted.

Yet, talking on The Probe on Sunday, Mr Blay clarified that the February 9 send off was not to digitalise visas however to rather set off the required foundation to handily progress into the E-Visa designs whenever it is sent off by ICAO soon.

"The GhanaCard has a chip, our identification today doesn't have the chip so it doesn't qualify as an e-visa. So GhanaCard the way things are has the E-identification implanted in it.

"What's more on February 9, 2022, ICAO said the chip that we have in our GhanaCard has satisfied the guideline for e-visa. So you can store data on it, they have tried it and approved it," he told Emefa Apawu.

Until further notice, the card will permit card-bearing Ghanaians to enter the country from across the world without essentially showing the booklet form of the identification.

"The Ghana Airport Company Limited, because of ICAO presently concurring and endorsing our card as an e-visa grievance, presently they have [GACL] given out articulations to every one of these aircraft organizations and air terminal saying that individuals can now come to Ghana with the GhanaCard."

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