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While there are many informal points of crossing along Ghana's northern border with Burkina Faso, there are only two recognized customs entry posts. The main post is at Paga in the North East Region, while there is a less used entry point at Hamale in the northwestern corner of Ghana. 



Name of Border Crossing:


Paga [Ghana]

Dakola [Burkina Faso]

Province or District:

Upper East Region

Nearest Town or City:



28 km





Managing Authority/Agency:

Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs Division

Contact Person

Commander Emmanuel Lawson

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport:

Kotoka International Airport

938 km

Truck: 18 hours

Car: 12 hours

Nearest Port:

Tema Port

922 km

Truck: 18 hours

Car: 12 hours

Nearest Major Market:



28 km

Truck: 1 hour

Car: ½ hour

Other Information: 

There are fueling stations en route but not weighing bridges.

Hours of Operation


0600 – 1800


0600 - 1800


0600 - 1800


0600 - 1800


0600 - 1800


0600 - 1800


0600 - 1800


Regular working hours.


Regular working hours.


Daily Capacity 

Private cars are not provided a separate lane. This border deals with a high level of traffic as it is the only crossing point for transit trucks to Ivory Coast.

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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