Ghana - 2.3.3 Border Crossing of Vankrogu Chache

Land Border Crossing Overview: 

Chache is a small and basic land border crossing between Ghana and Ivory Coast. All the documents should be finalized at Bole Customs Division office prior to reaching this point. There is a small ferry with a capacity of less than 10 mt to cross the Black Volta River. There is a weekly rotation for the officers in charge who are based in Bole. At the border there are Immigration officer, Health officer, Agric. Officer in addition to the customs officer.  


Name of Border Crossing: 

(If crossing has a different name in each country, please indicate in the following format: Name[Country]/Name[Country]) 

Vankrogu Chache [Ghana] / Bouna [Ivory Coast] 

Province or District: 

Bole District in the Northern Region 

Nearest Town or City: 

(Nearest location with distance from port) 


36 (km) 


9° 00’24.25’’ N 


2° 39’ 06.56’’ W 

Managing Authority/Agency: 

Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs Division 

Contact number 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport: 

Kokota International Airport 

597 (km) 

Truck: 12 hours 

Car: 8 hours 

Nearest Port: 

Takoradi Port 

625 (km) 

Truck: 12 hours 

Car: 8 hours 

Nearest Major Market: 

(Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity.) 


36 (km) 

Truck: 2 hours 

Car: 1 hour 

Other Information: 

(Please provide additional details of this route if relevant, such as information about whether there are fuelling stations or weighing bridges en-route.)  


There aren’t any weighing bridges in route. The fuelling stations are available near Bole town.  


Hours of Operation 


0600 - 1800 


0600 - 1800 


0600 - 1800 


0600 - 1800 


0600 - 1800  


0600 - 1800 


0600 - 1800 


(List dates of closure and hours of operation if different from regular schedule.) 

0600 - 1800. No closing during national holidays. 


(i.e., winter months, rainy season, etc.) 

During the rainy season, this border point can be difficult to access.  


Daily Capacity: 

Private cars are not provided a separate lane. This border sees more pedestrians crossing the border than vehicles.  

Customs Clearance: 

All the procedures should be done at Bole Customs Division. The Requirements for customs clearance:  1. Original Bill of Lading/Airway Bill 2.  Invoice 3. Packing List 4. Final Classification and Valuation Report (FCVR) 5. Import Declaration Form (IDF) from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. 6. Tax Clearance certificate from the Domestic Tax Revenue Division issued in the name of the importer or 1% of CIF payment fee. 7. Tax Identification Number (TIN) from the Ghana Revenue Authority. 8. Permit or License from the appropriate Ministry/ Agency Department / as    applicable for restricted goods. 9. 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 as there is only one small ferry.  Goods are subject to two inspections by the customs authority and Quarantine authority. 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 license • ECOWAS Brown Card 

For more information on government agency and airport company contact information, please see the following links: 4.1 Government Contact List.




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