Ghana and Bahamas sign visa free travel agreements

A visa free travel agreement has been reached by the governments of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Republic of Ghana. Citizens of both countries will now be able to travel between them without a prior visa because to this decision.

The agreement intends to lower obstacles for Ghanaians travelling to the Bahamas and for Bahamians travelling to Ghana in order to promote travel and tourism.

A circular from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) issued on February 20, explained that the waiver aims to forestall challenges and inconveniences faced by uninformed travellers between Ghana and the Bahamas.

“Per the note, the Government of Bahamas wishes to apprise the relevant competent Ghanaian aviation authorities, airline companies and services of the signed agreement. All OIC’s of entry and points and relevant sections are to take note of the above information and act accordingly.”

Holders of diplomatic, official, or regular passports from Ghana and The Bahamas will be covered by the agreement. And in order to minimise disturbance to travellers, airlines and pertinent aviation authorities have been updated with the change in rules.

With more travel and tourism coming from both Ghana and The Bahamas, the visa waiver agreement, which goes into effect shortly, is predicted to improve the two countries’ economic and people-to-people ties.

Due to their shared history, culture, and identity, Ghana and The Bahamas have mutual interests, which are further strengthened by this agreement. As part of a rebuilt global community built on interdependence and fairness, both States are adopting policies that aim to achieve climate, tax, and reparatory justice.

File Photo: (L-R) Honourable Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, M.P., Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Dr. Julius Garvey, Chairman of Marcus Garvey Institute for Human Development; H.E. Andrew Wilson, High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Ghana; Dr. Niambi Hall Campbell Dean, Chairperson of The Bahamas National Reparations Committee; Kenneth C. Wallace Whitfield, Foreign Service Officer.

The agreement’s importance as a means of bringing about progressive change in the connection between the two peoples divided by the Atlantic Ocean is further highlighted by the participation of Dr. Julius Garvey, Chairman of the Marcus Garvey Institute for Human Development and Marcus Garvey’s youngest son.

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