The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI) has introduced a free Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the paper-based passport application form to applicants on the Ministry’s portal with effect from Thursday November 1, 2018.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by the Ministry’s Public Affairs Department, said that the Sector had taken careful notice of public concerns regarding passport acquisition in the country and therefore took a step to resolve it.

It explained that the introduction of the PDF form was part of measures to make passport forms readily accessible to all Ghanaians and completely eliminate middlemen popularly known as “Goro boys” whose illegal activities have perpetuated bribery and corrupt activities in the passport acquisition process.

Below are steps to follow in accessing the PDF Form.
1. Visit the MFARI website – www.mfa.gov.gh or www.passports.mfa.gov.gh
2. Click on passport menu
3. Read instructions and click on download passport forms
4. Click on make payment and follow steps
5. A voucher PIN would be instantly sent to the applicant by a text message
6. PIN should be written on the space provided on the printed form
7. Submit completed application form with relevant documents to preferred passport      
    application centre for processing.
8. For further information or clarification, call 0302738473

The statement cautioned the public to note that payment of the processing fee for the PDF form can only be made electronically and not through the banks as was done previously.

Payments can only be made by Mobile Money (Vodafone, MTN) and Visa or MasterCard and application processing fee is GH¢50.00 for regular and GH¢100.00 for express.

The statement noted that the new PDF application does not replace the already existing online passport application system which currently exists at the Accra Passport Application Centres.

It noted that the Ministry was assisting the Passport Office to adopt measures including improvement in procurement to forestall the frequent shortage of passport booklets.

The Ministry advised all applicants to provide accurate information to speed up processing of passports, adding that, “Remember that you are responsible for the information included in your application, even if someone else completes it for you. Therefore, providing misleading information with your passport application is punishable by law”.

The Ministry cautioned applicants who had not claimed their completed passports for months and years to go for them.

“Effective Monday November 5, 2018, all applicants who applied before September 15, 2018 and have not collected their passports can visit www.mfa.gov.gh to check the list of uncollected passports and to make plans to claim them from the various passport application centres”.

According to the statement, the Ministry is appealing to Ghanaians to endeavour to apply for a passport, when they needed it.

Source: GNA

Created: 02 November 2018
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