Traveling to Malawi will soon be much easier as the government is set to roll out an online visa application process.
Effective November 1, the e-visa portal will allow travelers to fill and submit an application, upload required documents including photos and pay for visa fees, the Malawi Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services said in a statement.
The e-visa applications will be processed within three working days and once approved; the e-visa approval letter will be accessible through the applicant’s e-visa account. Also, an access link will be provided through an instant email notification sent to the applicant’s email address.
According to the department, the move would ensure timely as well as efficient facilitation of travels to Malawi.
The number of days, residential permit to legally stay in Malawi is issued at the port of entry or on application at the Malawi Immigration Headquarters.
A spokesperson for the Immigration department Joseph Chauwa observed that the online visa service complements the efforts the department embarked on in its quest to ensuring timeliness and efficiency in facilitating travel to Malawi
“Once the application is approved, a notification is sent through an e-mail and similarly on the login page where an approval document authorizing entry into Malawi can be downloaded for use to facilitate the applicants travel arrangements and endorsement of a visa sticker onto the traveler’s passport at the port of entry by an Immigration officer,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ghana has opened a passport application center in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, as part of efforts to improve passport acquisition by Ghanaians living in the Diaspora.
The center is expected to serve diasporans in Asia.
“Our Embassies in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, and India will transmit their applications for printing in Tokyo,” said Ghana Foreign Affairs Minister Ayorkor Botchway.
Ghana’s Passport is increasingly becoming a powerful travel document compelling Botchway to appeal to Ghanaians in the diaspora to be mindful of that and treat it with utmost respect and pride.