The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) refuses to acknowledge the Ghana Card as an electronic passport.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has dismissed media allegations that the Ghana Card, the country’s national identity card, is similar to an electronic passport as “incorrect.”
It stated that “it is the sovereign authority of each individual state to decide upon its entrance and exit procedures, as well as the documents that must be submitted by persons traveling to and/or from its territory,” and that such a decision could only be made by Ghana’s government.
The United Nations specialized agency for civil aviation stressed in a Twitter thread on Friday, February 11, that it is not its responsibility to certify the use of a member’s ID card for overseas travel in lieu of a passport.
“Any decision to accept such alternative travel identity document is made by the receiving state itself.”
This comes as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) staged a ceremony on Wednesday, February 9 to commemorate the completion of Ghana’s work to convert the Ghana Card into an e-passport, a project sponsored by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
Ghana was even praised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for joining the Public Key Directory (PKD).