Ghana Passport & Visa

Obtaining a passport

All students must have a valid passport to travel outside the United States. If you have not yet applied for your passport, you must do so immediately. Obtaining a passport can take quite a bit of time and can delay the visa process and flight reservations. U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest local authorized passport acceptance facility (such as a post office All students studying abroad must possess a valid passport from their country of citizenship. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a passport, you should visit the U.S. Department of State Passport Agency. The U.S. Department of State provides instructions on where and how to obtain a passport. Passports are mailed to the applicant four to six weeks after the application is received, and are valid for ten years.

Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay abroad. If your current passport will expire within six months of the end of the program, it must be renewed at this time. Otherwise, it might be difficult to enter the country, you may be unable to apply for any necessary visas, and you may have to briefly surrender the passport while abroad, during which freedom to travel may be restricted. Most students need to have their passports 3-6 months prior to departure in order to apply for student visas.

Obtaining a Student Visa

A visa is official/legal permission to enter a country for a stated purpose and specified period of time and is granted by the government of that country. Requirements and procedures for student visas vary by country.

If you plan to study abroad in a country that requires a student visa, you will be guided through the application process by the OSA staff. While the Office of Study Abroad will assist participants about procedures and requirements, securing a visa is an individual responsibility, and not one that OSA or Webster University can or will assume.

Students are required to procure the proper visa for studying in Ghana. Information can be obtained by contacting the Ghana Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Students are responsible for obtaining their own student visas and should apply for them as soon as possible.  Yellow fever vaccination is required. 

The following are visa services that may assist you with obtaining your visa for an additional fee. Please note that these services are not endorsed by or affiliated with Webster University.


Please note that Webster University is not legally in a position to give any advice on applying for a visa. If you need further information, please direct your inquiries to the Ghana consulate that serves your region.