Visa Application from UK nationals & references
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 31, 2012 11:45 AM Last Post By: elk1
Jan 18, 2012 9:55 AM
Visa Application from UK nationals & referencesHave any UK nationals applied for a tourist visa via the Ghana High Commission's new online system? Information from people elsewhere would be appreciated too but UK info is especially useful!
Is proof of hotel reservations/letters of invitation essential to being successfully granted a visa? Do I have to be already booked into the hotels I put down on the form? Do they check? And do I have to take proof of booking along to the commision when I go to hand in my passport?
I just haven't booked any accomodation yet. I was planning on doing that when I got there/doing it close to the time. Reading blogs etc. it seems that others have found some way round this but I'm unsure about the details!
Thanks in advance.
Jan 18, 2012 5:57 PM
1I've had a look at that page already (but thanks for the link anyway), but it seems to deal more with visa logistics post acceptance as opposed to the ease of acceptance in the first place. I'm mostly keen to learn whether or not proof of hostel/hotel booking are essential to visa acceptance for UK nationals.
Off topic: I have truck envy for your Mercedes, she's beautiful!
Jan 19, 2012 5:20 AM
Will ask a couple of people I know who recently obtained their visa for Ghana in London. I have a vague memory that if you are travelling overland then they will take the vehicle carnet de passage in place of the letter of invitation as they know you will be camping en route....but please don't take my word on that, I will double check if that was the case.
Thanks for the kind words about our truck, Aminah did take alot of dedication to build, hopefuly she will serve us well in West Africa.
Jan 19, 2012 8:32 AM
3Thanks for that, it would be good to know what their experiences were.
I'm entering Ghana via Togo but I'll be on foot so no carnet de passage.
At this stage I'm thinking I might just book into a cheapo hostel for "une dizaine de jours". Better to spend £100 on a useless hostel than to get a visa refusal...
Jan 20, 2012 11:20 PM
Jan 22, 2012 7:08 AM
5We were travelling overland and we were provided with information on how to complete the form with references and the itinerary and the documentation to show where we were booked in the form of emails and a letterhead...although we are staying at different places!
The group managed to obtain multi entry visas ok with this but hubby and I were too late to do this so we ended up getting ours in Dakar with the same information in 48 hours.
Jan 28, 2012 3:11 PM
6My first trip to Ghana was back in 2008. I applied for a visa when I was in Togo and hey presto, a visa. I wrote down a hotel I'd be staying at - well, provisionally, though stayed elsewhere. A woman at the embassy did in a round about way ask if I had anything to give her. I politely told her, NO! I smiled and left. On my return to Togo, (at the border), I was again asked as leaving Ghana - where had I stayed? Again, I put down one from LP guide book as didn't know the address of the one I'd actually stayed at. The immigration officers were just as, if not more, officious than they are in the UK. Smile, I thought, then I thought again, no, it's ok! Cheerio!
However, on applying in the UK for a visa, I had to supply 2 referees. Luckily I had met a number of Ghanaians and had kept in touch. I received a few emails and used these. Voila! another visa.
I haven't been back since 2009. Another visit is due....................soon! Fingers crossed X
p.s. A wee extra - Re Nigeria - When in Togo, I rang the Nigerian embassy enquiring about a visa and was advised I would have to return to the UK and apply there! Needless to say, I didn't visit Nigeria.
Jan 31, 2012 11:45 AM
7Got my visa! Thanks for the advice everyone.
To be on the safe side I just booked into a couple of campsites at 5c a night. I'm pretty sure they didn't check though. Paid the extra £70 and got my application processed overnight.
A word of advice for anyone getting their visa via the counter service at the High Comission in London - get an early appointment or you're liable to be kept waiting in the queue for up to 5 hours before you can hand in your application form and leave. Also, make sure you cut your passport photos out before you hand them over or else you will upset the official behind the counter.
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