Alert Ghana’s visa sticker outdated - Immigration Service

Public Affairs Director for the Immigration Service, Chief Superintendent Francis Palmdeti, said that the Ghana visa sticker lacks certain security features.

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The current visa sticker issued to travellers who wish to visit the country is archaic, the Ghana Immigration Service has said.

Public Affairs Director for the Immigration Service, Chief Superintendent Francis Palmdeti, said that the Ghana visa sticker could be easily faked because it lacks certain security features.

This implies that information on the visa cannot be read when placed under ultraviolet light.

“We need to look at our visas, they do not meet international standards. It doesn’t have the required information that a standard visa should have,” Chief Supt. Palmdeti told Accra-based Joy FM.

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According to him, his outfit has alerted the Foreign Ministry on the need to upgrade the features but that is yet to be adhered to.

“We think that it shouldn’t take us this long to get this done. Visas have evolved, in certain cases, you have the pictures of the person on the visa. Our visa has to evolve,” he said.

Many have attributed the challenge with the visas to the influx of Chinese citizens, scores of whom are engaged in illegal mining which continues to destroy the environment.

But Chief Supt. Palmdeti said that their officers “have made quite a number of arrests based on that.”

He emphasised that “those [Chinese] who come in with ill motives are not in the majority; they are the minority”.

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