The International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO), a specialized and funding agency of the United Nations that changes the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport has denied reports in the Ghanaian media that they have agreed to recognize the Ghana Card as an E-Passport.
According to them, they don’t have the power to certify the Ghanaian national ID, the Ghana Card as an E-Passport as widely circulated.
This comes after Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced few days ago that “following a “Key Ceremony” at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal Canada, Ghana’s National Identity Card (the GhanaCard) will now be duly recognized globally as a valid e-passport/ID card.”
According to Dr. Bawumia, the ICAO agreed that “with Wednesday’s Key Ceremony in Montreal, the Ghanacard becomes internationally acceptable for travel, and border control authorities can confirm in less than 10 seconds that the Ghanacard/e-passport was issued by the right authority, has not been altered, and is not a copied or cloned document.”
In a statement issued yesterday, February 11, the ICAO noted that they are aware of recent and incorrect media reports claiming that ICAO has agreed that the Ghanaian ID card is equivalent to an E-Passport.”
According to them, it is not their role to certify the use of a State’s Identity Card for international travel in place of a passport.
The ICAO further explained that it is the sovereign right of each individual State to decide upon its entry and exit requirements and the documents that need to be presented by those travelling to and/or from its territory.
According to them, 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,” they added.