Between vacation and work travel, thoughts on planning for Ghana have taken a back seat for the past few weeks. Now that I'm back in the US without immediate need for my passport, it's time to apply for my visa. But I need to book my flights before I can apply. As of June of this year, United now has non-stop service from Dulles to Accra (as described on ghanaweb), making United my first choice of airlines for this trip.
The visa application is a single page, with only six types of visas available: diplomatic, official, business, tourist, student and other. The visa information on the embassy website says that, in addition to the form with my two in-country contacts or residences, for a business visa I need a letter of invitation from "the principals in Ghana or in U.S.A.", which my Ghanaian in-country manager has provided. Two passport-size photographs are also needed--perhaps to ensure that I'm the person on the passport? Money, in the form of a cashier's check, and a prepaid FedEx envelope complete the package.
Time to compile the information, cross my fingers, and hope for the best.