Can I travel out of KIA to any country with my Ghana Card? – Manasseh questions e-Passport pioneers

Manasseh Azure Awuni
Manasseh Azure Awuni
Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has thrown a question to the pioneers of Ghana Card being used as an e-Passport for travelling.

The renowned journalist in a tweet questioned if he can travel from the Kotoka International Airport, KIA to another country using his Ghana National Identity Card popular called the Ghana Card.

In a tweet, the award winning journalist asked “Can I travel out of the Kotoka International Airport to any country with my Ghana Card, instead of my passport?”

ABOUT GHANA CARD BECOMING AN E-PASSPORT

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The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana on 11th February, 2022 made a statement in which he stated that the Ghana National Identity Card has now been approved by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to recognized globally as a valid e-passport/ID card.

E-Passport: Ghana Card permits travels across 97 borders and 44,000 airports worldwide
E-Passport: Ghana Card permits travels across 97 borders and 44,000 airports worldwide

A portion of the statement made by the vice President said “I am happy to report that following a “Key Ceremony” at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal Canada, Ghana’s National Identity Card (the GhanaCard) will now be duly recognized globally as a valid e-passport/ID card.

Ghana officially became the 79th member of the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) community in October 2019.

According to ICAO, with Wednesday’s Key Ceremony in Montreal, the Ghanacard becomes internationally acceptable for travel, and border control authorities can confirm in less than 10 seconds that the Ghanacard/e-passport was issued by the right authority, has not been altered, and is not a copied or cloned document.

In practical terms, this means that it will now be faster and more effective for border control authorities to verify the identity of holders of the Ghanacard.”

SOURCE : Coverghana.com.gh

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