The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has denied declaring Ghana's Ghana card as an e-passport and is acceptable for the processing of travels to and from Ghana.
Ghanaians took to social media to rejoice after a keynote ceremony was conducted by ICAO to honour Ghana for successfully concluding processes that will lead to the international acceptance of its electronic travel document.
They describe the ceremony as a declaration by ICAO to accept the Ghana card as an e-passport since Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has already mentioned in a number of his addresses on digitalization.
The International Civil Aviation Organization mentioned that the media publications are not correct since the decision to accept a particular travel document depends on the issuing and receiving countries respectively.
Read the Twitter thread by ICAO:
Ghana's successful conclusion of its key ceremony on 9 February is a major milestone in its efforts to provide for more international acceptance of its electronic travel documents.
ICAO is aware of recent and incorrect media reports claiming that ICAO has agreed that the Ghanaian ID card is equivalent to an ePassport. However, it is not ICAO's role to certify the use of a State's Identity Card for international travel in place of a passport.
— ICAO (@icao) February 11, 2022
A number of States worldwide accept specified national ID cards as identity documents during air travel based on bilateral agreement between issuing and receiving states. *Any* decision to accept such alternative travel identity documents is made by the receiving state itself.