GNA - Ghana has made another major move in extending passport services to its
citizens around the world with the commissioning of its biometric passport
application centre and visa section at its Mission in Tokyo, Japan.
located at Ghana's Chancery, was commissioned on Saturday, August 31, by Ms
Shirley Oyorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional
Botchwey is in Japan for the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African
Akufo-Addo and several other African leaders including Liberia's President,
George Weah, are also attending the Conference.
commissioning of the centre is in fulfilment of government's promise to the
Ghanaian community in Japan to ensure they have their own biometric passport
application machine in Tokyo.
It will ease
the application and renewal of passport for them and their counterparts in
the Minister, the new centre will serve as the hub for printing of passports in
She said the
old process of applying for a Ghanaian passport was cumbersome and time
sometimes passports were printed in a rush, resulting in missed deadlines for
important appointments and mistakes in the printed passports, with respect to
names and other details.
she said, they have been working around the clock to improve not only the processing
of Ghanaian passport, but also to ensure that the security of the passport
processing system remains comparable to excellent international standards.
processing of Ghanaian Passport has gone through higher and higher levels in
the last few years with some of Ghana's missions given authorisation to process
and print passport abroad," the Minister said.
She said in
April 2019, the Ministry rolled out the extension of the validity of passports
from five years to 10 years for persons above ages of 17.
up to the age of 17 will still have five-year validity passports for obvious
reasons," she told the Ghanaian community.
are on the subject of passports, I would like to take this opportunity to
appeal to every Ghanaian who carries a Ghanaian passport to treat the document
with the utmost respect and patriotism.
to respect our passport as much as we respect our flag. We now have so many
agreements with different countries which permit Ghanaians to travel to several
countries without a visa," Madam Ayorkor Botchwey said.
the hope that with the addition of the Tokyo Mission to the satellite Missions
processing biometric passports, the equipment would be put to its optimum use.