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The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has recognized Ghana’s national ID as an e-passport and can be used for international travel through 42,000 airports globally.

The Ghana Card, Ghana’s national identity card, has been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a valid e-passport in all ICAO-compliant countries, allowing holders to board flights to Ghana from 197 countries and 44,000 airports across the world

This follows a “Key Ceremony” on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at the headquarters of ICAO in Montreal, Canada, during which Ghana, represented by the High Commissioner to Canada, H.E Ransford Sowah, received the ‘key’ to symbolically indicate the country’s entry into the ICAO family..
As a result, the Ghana Card, as well as future biometric counterparts, will be recognized globally as a genuine e-passport/ID card, fulfilling Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s promise that Ghanaians wherever in the world will soon be able to fly back home using their Ghana cards.

On November 2, 2021, during a public lecture at Ashesi University on the role digitization is playing in transforming the Ghanaian economy, Dr. Bawumia stated that the Ghana card will be used as an e-passport for Ghanaian citizens by the end of the first quarter of 2022, assuming all other factors remain constant.
He continued, “We have been working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) this year to globally activate the e-passport function of the Ghana card and I am happy to announce that on 13th October 2021, Ghana officially became the 79th member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) community. The ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) is a central repository for exchanging the information required to authenticate e-passports.”
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