Dr Gideon Boako

Economic Advisor and Spokesperson at the Office of the Vice President, Dr Gideon Boako, is insisting the Ghana card is valid for travel as Electronic Passport (-E-passport).

This comes on the back of the International Civil Authority Organisation (ICAO)’s position that they have not approved such.

ICAO in a thread of tweets stated that it was not its responsibility to “certify the use of a state’s identity card for international travel in place of a passport.”

But Dr Boako, in a rebuttal, said ICAO’s statement has been wrongly interpreted.


He maintains any holder of the Ghana Card can board a flight anywhere in the world into the country, just as with the normal passport.

Read the full statement below:

Gideon Boako, PhD writes

Ignore the wrong interpretation of ICAO’s statement, Ghanacard is valid for travel as e-passport

Just like our current normal booklet passport, you will need ICAO to approve and capture the data into their Public Key Directory (PKD) for certification before any country can accept it as official travel documents.

Such key ceremony certification as was done on 9th February in the case of the Ghana card is the ultimate step to take before any national identity card/passport can be used for travelling purposes.

Ghana has crossed this stage with respect to the Ghana card making it officially certified as having the right qualities to be admissible by receiving countries as e-passports subject to country-to-country bilateral agreements.

Through the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), official communication has gone to all border ports that Ghana as a receiving country is accepting holders of the Ghana card into Ghana.

The statement by ICAO that Ghana has crossed the major milestone in efforts to provide for more international acceptance of its biometric electronic travel documents is therefore not inconsistent with official communication from government.

In practical terms, the holder of a Ghana card will be allowed to board a flight to Ghana (receiving country) from any airport, just as with the normal biometric passport, without the need for a visa.

Also, Diasporan Ghanaians who hold the Ghanacard will not require a visa to travel to Ghana.

Within ECOWAS the Ghanacard can be used to travel to any country. Travelling outside ECOWAS however, will require that you use your normal biometric passport which will contain your visas.

In the not too distant future, we expect that electronic visas will be issued under ICAO 2.0 protocols.

When this starts, electronic visas could be issued on the Ghana card under bilateral arrangements with other countries. “