Ghana - 2.3.6 Border Crossing of Paga

Land Border Crossing Overview: 

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 Northeast Region, while there is a less used entry point at Hamale in the northwestern corner of Ghana.  


Name of Border Crossing: 

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

Paga [Ghana] / Dakola [Burkina Faso] 

Province or District: 

Upper East Region 

Nearest Town or City: 

(Nearest location with distance from port) 


28 (km) 


10° 59’ 45.40’’ N 


1° 06’ 49.12’’ W 

Managing Authority/Agency: 

Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs Division 

Contact number 



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: 

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



Truck: 1 hour 

Car: ½ 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 are fuelling stations enroute but not 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.) 

 Regular working hours. 


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

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: 

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.  Goods are subject to one inspection by the customs 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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