The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ghana have approved a Visa Waiver Agreement that allows Ghanaians to travel to the UAE without a visa.
Parliament approved the agreement to offer visa-free entry to Ghanaians and UAE passport holders on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
This agreement, contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ghana and the UAE, covers diplomatic, service/special and ordinary passport holders.
According to the agreement, Ghanaian passport holders are exempt from the requirement of a visa for 90 days in the UAE and Ghana.
On May 26, 2021, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, presented the MoU to the House, which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for consideration and consideration, as per Order 140(4) and 183 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.
During a presentation of their report, Bryan Acheampong said Ghana and the UAE had had successful cooperation, and the two countries wished to strengthen bilateral relations.
In his opinion, the agreement constitutes a comprehensive framework on visa regimes for both countries, and it does not impose obligations on both parties in regards to admitting people of questionable character to their territories.
According to him, neither of the two countries were subject to financial obligations nor did they directly gain financial gain by implementing the MoU.
The Abetifi MP said the agreement was designed in such a way to create a win-win situation for both countries; he added that relaxed visa entry requirements are expected to benefit citizens of Ghana and UAE through improved bilateral relations, trade, and co-operation.
According to Mr. Acheampong, visa waiver agreements for diplomats and government officials are common, but this one covers ordinary passport holders as well.