Dual Citizenship

DUAL CITIZENSHIP


In accordance with Citizenship Act 2002 (Act 91) of 1st December 2002, Ghana now accepts Dual Citizenship. Since then, the Embassy of Ghana, Copenhagen - Denmark accepts and processes applications from qualified Ghanaians for Dual Citizenship.

 

Eligibility

An applicant must be of Ghanaian Nationality with genuine documents from the named Nordic countries (Swedish or Finnish).

Note that Permanent Residence Permit is not citizenship. Therefore, Ghanaians with Permanent Residence Permit do not qualify for Dual Citizenship.

Ghanaians who have acquired additional nationalities are eligible to apply for dual citizenship.

 

Requirements:

  1. Confirmation of Parents' nationality as a Ghanaian.
  2. Applicant's Birth certificate
  3. Applicant's Voter's ID Card
  4. Applicant's Ghana Passport
  5. Applicant's second Passport and Citizenship of another country.
  6. Form and processing fee.

All applications will be forwarded to the Ministry of Interior, Accra - Ghana for final decision, processing and issuance of the Dual Citizenship Certificate.

On acquiring the Dual Citizenship, holders will be entitled to apply and possess Ghana Passports in addition to their non-Ghanaian Passports. i.e. Swedish or Finish Passports.

It has come to the knowledge of the embassy that some Ghanaians who have renounced their Ghanaian citizenship, are still in possession of their Ghanaian passports without the knowing of the Embassy, even though they are not registered as dual citizens, and do not have a dual citizenship card.

Chapter 3 of the 1992 constitution, section 8, sub-section 2, states:

“A person who becomes a citizen of Ghana by registration and immediately after the day on which he becomes a citizen of Ghana is also a citizen of some other country, shall cease to be a citizen of Ghana unless he has renounced his citizenship of that other country, taken the oath of allegiance specified in the Second Schedule to this Constitution and made and registered such declaration of his intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by law, or unless he has obtained an extension of time for taking those steps and the extended period has not expired.”

Ghana accepts dual citizenship. For this reason, holding on to a Ghanaian passport is illegal if you are also a citizen of some other country, unless you have a Dual Citizenship Card.

NOTE: It is however an offence for a Dual Citizenship holder, to use the two Passports interchangeably to deceive an Immigration Officer. Such offenders are liable to a summary conviction to a fine or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or both.

In this regard, all holders of Dual Citizenship are required to travel only with their certificate of Dual Citizenship and only one Passport of their choice.

It is envisaged that successful applicants would be able to receive their Certificate within three (3) months. Applicants should exercise patience and restraint for any delays in the processes.

Dual Citizenship Application Forms are available at the Embassy of Ghana, Copenhagen - Denmark.

 

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES


1. Write an application addressed to the Hon. Minister for the Interior for the granting of Dual Citizenship.

2. Purchase "Form 10" from the Embassy of Ghana, Copenhagen, and complete it.

3. Attach the following documents to the  "Form 10" and submit to the Embassy:

  1. Evidence of Ghanaian Nationality - Birth Certificate /Passport;
  2. For persons who have renounced their Ghanaian Citizenship, evidence of Renunciation of Ghanaian Citizenship;
  3. Evidence of Parents’ nationality – Passport/Voters ID Card/Birth Certificate;
  4. Particulars of two (2) close relatives living in Ghana who may be contacted for further information, as follows:
    1. Names of two close relatives;
    2. Postal address of close relatives;
    3. Telephone/Mobile Numbers of close relatives.
  5. Six (6) passport-size photographs.

 

Kindly note that:

a.  A Dual Citizenship Holder shall be:

  1. issued with a Ghana passport or travel document beside the passport of the other country the person holds;
  2. Permitted to remain in Ghana without limitation provided the person entered Ghana on a Ghana passport.

b. It is an offence for a Dual Citizenship Holder to use two passports interchangeably to deceive an Immigration Officer.  That person would be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 250 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or to both.

c.  No holder of Dual Citizenship may qualify for appointment to the following public offices:

  • Chief Justice and Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Ambassador or High Commissioner
  • Secretary to the Cabinet
  • Chief of Defence Staff or any Service Chief
  • Inspector-General of Police
  • Commissioner, Customs, Excise & Preventive Service
  • Director of Immigration Service
  • Commissioner, Value Added Tax Service
  • Director-General, Prisons Service
  • Chief Fire Officer
  • Chief Director of a Ministry
  • Rank of Colonel in the Army or its equivalent in the other security services, and
  • Any other public office that the Minister may by legislative instrument prescribes.

 

Application Fees and Codes

G = Standard Fee (Cash payment & Self or Courier Pick-ups)

H = Application Fee + Bank Transfer Charges + Postage for a weight of 1 passport

Service

Fees (DKK)

Bank Transfer charges (DKK) Postage Fees (DKK)

Application Fee + Bank Fee + Postage Fee (DKK)

Dual Citizenship

1,300 (G)

50 130 1,480 (H)

 

 

Completed Application

Completed applications can be submitted at the Embassy either in person or posted to the address below:

Consular Section
Ghana Embassy
Egebjerg Alle 13
DK - 2900 Hellerup
Denmark
 

Processing Time

Please note that Renunciation and Dual Citizenship processing time varies from applicant to applicant, and it is determined by the Ministry of Interior – Accra.

 

Postage

1. Applicants who want their passports to be posted back to them after the visa or passport or any other documents is complete, should include in their application 12 international postal coupons, or add 130 DKK to the application fee. Please refer to the fees and codes above and pay accordingly. Applicant can also buy Danish Stamps if they can find one in their various countries. Kindly note that Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Icelandic stamps CANNOT be used in Denmark.

2. Twelve (12) International Postal Coupons or 130 DKK is the cost for posting 1 passport. Please contact your local post for more information.

3. Applicants can also arrange for a courier (DHL, UPS, FEDEX, or EMS) service for a pick-up.

4. Applicants can also collect their passports in person at the Embassy during working hours.

 

Method of Payment

a. Payment may be made in cash (payable at the Embassy) or by Certified Bank Cheque. All consular fees can be paid into Danske Bank Account (details below). All bank charges/fees must be paid by the applicant. Do not post cash!!

b. Foreign cheques drawn on Danske Bank attract a bank fee of DKK 200.00 per cheque. Those drawn on other banks attract a fee of DKK 100.00. Applicants must make provision for these fees when making payment for visas by such means.

c. Applicants transferring money from a different bank either than Danske Bank should be aware that it takes a couple of days before the transfer is successful. Applicant’s bank receipt does not mean the transfer has been successful since some of them end up transferring into wrong accounts.

d. To speed up processing of the application, applicants are advised to make payment directly at the nearest Danske Bank and submit application with their receipt of payment.

Cash Payment

Payment may be made in cash payable only at the Mission. The Embassy does NOT accept any other currency either than Danish Krona. Visa, Master, Paypal, or any form of card payments is NOT acceptable. Do not post cash!!

Bank Transfer or Certified Bank Cheque

The Embassy accepts bank transfers paid into a Danske Bank Account below:

 

For those outside Denmark

      Bank Name     : Danske Bank

      SWIFT            : DABADKKK

      IBAN               : DK35 3000 3109 1148 47

 

For those in Denmark

      Bank Name     : Danske Bank

      Account No     : 4001 3109114847
 

Danske Bank Address:

      Holmens Kanal 2-12,

      1092 Cph K

      Denmark

The Embassy wishes to inform all applicants to personally transfer application fees at any Danske Bank office close to them.

 

Bank Charges

Applicants should take note that Foreign Cheques attracts a bank charge of 200 DKK. Money transferred from another bank either than a Danske Bank will attract a transfer charge of 50 DKK. Applicants are therefore advised to pay all bank charges to avoid shortage of application fees. Any application in which the Embassy is debited with bank charges will not be processed. Please check with your Bank.

The Visa Application fee or receipt of payment must accompany your application.

Application Fees are NOT REFUNDABLE if the application is unsuccessful.

Contact Us

Address: Egebjerg Alle 13, DK - 2900 Hellerup, Denmark.

Email: ghana@mail.dk / copenhagen@mfa.gov.gh

Phone: +45 3962 8222

Fax: +45 3962 1652

 

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