Consular Assistance

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Passport Office at the Ghana Embassy in Washington, DC, hereby informs applicants for Ghanaian Passports that, due to technical difficulties, there will be some delay in the processing of passports effective today, 4th April, 2013.

While we work tirelessly to resolve the problem, we take this opportunity to express our sincere apology for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.

CONSULAR ASSISTANCE

Consular offices in Washington D.C and New York issue Entry Permit visas to travelers visiting Ghana; renewal and replacement of Ghana Passports to Ghanaians as well as authentication/attestation of documents and registration of Ghanaian nationals resident in the United States.

The Government of the Republic of Ghana strongly encourages Ghanaian citizens in the United States to register with the Washington or New York Missions so that the Consular Office could assist when the need arises. Registration is free, confidential, and can easily be completed online at www.ghanaembassy.org

Registering with Missions will facilitate the replacement of travel documents, and also make it easier to render support in case of accidents, death or when in distress.

 

Living in the USA

All Foreigners are subject to the host country’s laws and Ghanaians are strongly urged to abide by the laws of the U.S.A. Remember, Consular officials are limited as to how they can assist a Ghanaian if they get into trouble with the law. Consular Officials cannot, for instance, represent you in legal proceedings or pay your legal fees or other expenses. They can, however, perform a variety of vital services, which include providing a list of attorneys, assisting in contacting your family in Ghana if you so wish, monitoring your welfare as well as the conditions under which you are being held.

If you are arrested, immediately ask to speak to a consular officer at the nearest Ghana Embassy or Consulate. Under international agreements, the Ghana Government has a right to provide consular assistance to you upon your request. If your request to speak to your consul cannot be honored immediately, persistently try again.

Travel safety is a major concern to this Mission. Although most Ghanaian students who travel to the U.S for a short stay will have safe and enjoyable trip, some may encounter serious problems. Ghanaian students are therefore strongly urged to register their stay as soon as they arrive in the U.S with either the Ghana Mission in Washington D.C or the New York Consulate.

Ghanaian Consuls will do everything they can to help. We offer appropriate help based on individual circumstances.