Ghana - 2.3.5 Border Crossing of Tumu

Land Border Crossing Overview: 

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: 

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

Tumu [Ghana] / Leo [Burkina Faso] 

Province or District: 

Upper West 

Nearest Town or City: 

(Nearest location with distance from port) 


3 (km) 


10° 53’ 37.76’’ N 


1° 59’ 17.48’’ W 

Managing Authority/Agency: 

National Revenue Authority – Customs Division 

Contact number 



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: 

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

Tumu (every five days) 

3 (km) 

Truck: 10 min 

Car: 5 min 

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.)  


Fuelling 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  


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

 0600 – 1800. No closing during holidays. 


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

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: 

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. An additional document is required at the border points not equipped with computers which is called SAD Forms (Self-Assessment Declaration).  

Other Relevant Information: 

The waiting time for crossing might vary depending on the traffic and the information needed.  Goods are subject to one inspection by the customs authority. Transit trucks are not accepted in this border point. 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 more information on government agency and airport company contact information, please see the following links: 4.1 Government Contact List.







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