To conform to the recommended standards (i.e., size, composition, layout, technology) set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has issued only e-passports as standard since March 2010, though non-biometric passports are valid until their expiry dates or November 2015, whichever is sooner.
Under these biometric passports, the three types of passports – ordinary, service, and diplomat – are color-coded. Ordinary passports are green in color, service passports appear in blue, and diplomatic passports are red. Additionally, the Ghanaian coat of arms has been replaced and the words "Republic of Ghana" are inscribed, Ghana has opted use both French and English for its passports.
Another change with the introduction of the biometric passports is the choice of regular or expedited passport delivery service. It is expected that the new passports will be delivered within 7 to 14 days after the application has been received. Currently, the fee for ordinary delivery service is GH¢50.00, and GH¢100.00 to have it expedited.
To facilitate the application for and acquisition of passports, Passport Application Centers (PACs) have been set up around the country. At present, only two PACs in Accra are accepting applications. ,the PACs in Kumasi, Tamale, Ho, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Sunyani will come on stream
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The PACs in Accra are located at the East Wing of the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Passport Office, where the COP centre, which will be the main point for vetting and issuance, is also located.