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Tumu is a small town and is the capital of Sissala East district, a district in the Upper West Region of north Ghana. Tumu is connected by road to the town of Navrongo. This Border Point is not considered as one of the main entry/exit points. 



Name of Border Crossing:


Tumu [Ghana]

Leo [Burkina Faso]

Province or District:

Upper West

Nearest Town or City:



3 km





Managing Authority/Agency:

National Revenue Authority – Customs Division

Contact Person

Commander Isaac Abedu-Ayim

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport:

Kotoka International Airport

920 km

Truck: 18 hours

Car: 14 hours

Nearest Port:

Tema Port

943 km

Truck: 18 hours

Car: 14 hours

Nearest Major Market:


Tumu (every five days)

3 km

Truck: 10 min

Car: 5 min

Other Information: 

Fueling stations are available in Tumu and en-route. No weighing bridges.

Hours of Operation


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800


0600 – 1800. No closing during holidays.


The road condition is poor during the rainy season.


Daily Capacity

Private cars are not provided a separate lane. Not many trucks pass through this point as not considered an international crossing post. 

Customs Clearance

The requirements for customs clearance include:

  • Original Bill of Lading/Airway Bill
  • Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Final Classification and Valuation Report (FCVR)
  • Import Declaration Form (IDF) from the Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Tax Clearance certificate from the Domestic Tax Revenue Division issued in the name of the importer or 1% of CIF payment fee
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) from the Ghana Revenue Authority
  • Permit or License from the appropriate Ministry/ Agency / Department as applicable for restricted goods
  • Appropriate letter of Exemption from payment of duty and/or taxes as applicable

Other Relevant Information

The waiting time for crossing might vary depending on the traffic. Goods are subject to several inspections by the different agencies operating at the post. Foreign cargo vehicles entering Ghana must obtain a temporary importation permit. Customs issues this document, called a “laissez passer/C59,” at the border. The permit is valid for 30 days. If it expires, drivers must return with the vehicle to the same border entry to renew it. The maximum renewal period that may be granted is 90 days.

Customs will require drivers to produce the following documents in order to process the C59 form:

  • An international driver’s licence
  • ECOWAS Brown Card


For government contact information, please see the following link: 4.1 Ghana Government Contact List

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