West Africa visas
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2012 1:24 PM Last Post By: Kira
Aug 1, 2012 2:21 AM
West Africa visasHi, heading down to West Africa overland from Europe soon. Depart from UK to Spain in a matter of weeks, then plan to head to Morocco down to Senegal. I have flight booked out of Ghana in December and hope to see as many countries in between as I can. My question is about visas. Is it easy to get them if traveling between country to country or should I get them in London now. The problem being if I get some that are not post-dated they would have expired by the time I reach the country. Also, I think it might be cheaper to pick them up on route.
Thanks you in advance for your advice.
Aug 1, 2012 2:58 AM
1Essentially Ghana & Cote d'Ivoire are the two you should get before leaving home; tell both Embassies when you expect to be in the country so that you don't need to stress over entering 'in time'
The rest of W.Africa can be obtained on the road ... however, as always in Africa this is subject to change at any time!
Aug 1, 2012 4:26 AM
2Nigeria is supposedly easier now but I wouldn't trust them until we get positive feedback. If going there get the visa in UK.
Aug 1, 2012 12:01 PM
Isn't it possible to get the Ghanian visa in (for example) Dakar?
Found this on their website:
Types of Visas issued by the Embassy are :
A - Diplomatic
B1 - Official/Business
B2 - Tourism/Holiday/Visit
F1 - Educational
H1 - Voluntary work
G1 - International organisation
Aug 1, 2012 1:24 PM
4The problem with Ghanaian Embassies is that the immigration department is staffed by non-immigration Embassy officials, so they really don't know what they're doing, as one of Ghana's senior immigration officials told me personally
Those visas will probably be issued for non-Senegalese who are RESIDENT in Senegal (unless someone can tell me otherwise!) ...
In which case you are 99% sure-er to have a visa if you get one before you leave home ... rather than relying on an Embassy that might refuse you 1,000's of km from home!
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