The Bank of Ghana has directed all banks in the country to allow non-resident Ghanaians who have not yet registered for or do not have access to their National ID cards to use their passports for banking transactions until they do.
This directive comes just a few days after banks began demanding the Ghana card as the sole form of identification for banking transactions, as previously directed by the Bank of Ghana in accordance with the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012. (L.I. 2111).
Customers were instructed to visit their banks to link their Ghana cards to their bank accounts.
The Bank of Ghana requested that financial institutions allow customers who have not linked their accounts to their Ghana cards to make deposits in a supervisory guidance note on the use of the Ghana Card (cash, cheque and transfers).
Additionally, members of the Diplomatic Corps will be permitted to use a foreign passport as identification for banking transactions.
This is in accordance with L.I. 2111(2) of the National Identity Registration Regulation, which exempts the Diplomatic Corps from using the Ghana Card.