Another challenge for Catholic Youth in Ghana who may want to travel for WYD is being travel worthy.
A visa is a necessary document for international travel. However because we live in the developing world and developing countries have had too many experiences of people from developing countries becoming illegal immigrants their requirements are quite stringent.
Usually, some of the documents needed include: the international certificate of vaccination (yellow card), other vaccinations if need be( these may depend on the country in question), your original birth certificate and marriage certificate (if applicable), proof of employment, bank statements, your passport etc. Apart from the health related certificates, the other documents are meant to show your social and economic ties to your country.
So the first thing is to start acquiring those documents if you do not own them. Get a birth certificate and a passport if you do not have one.
Open a bank account if you do not have one. If you are “scared” that the bank may collapse, you can choose one of the old/established banks. Do well to engage in some bank transactions. Even if you are an informal/casual worker who is paid over the counter, do well to deposit the money into your account before withdrawing. If you are a student who receives an allowance, try to deposit your allowance into your account to create a financial footprint for yourself. This will make it easier to print out bank statements for yourself when you are doing your visa application. If you are self sponsored, you may need to request bank statements from a relative/other established member of society who knows you well and can guarantee your return. The person needs to have substantial funds in their account.
If you are employed, you will need a letter from your institution showing that you work with them. You may also need to attach your salary slips. If you are a student, you will need a letter of attestation/introduction from your school to the embassy.
If you are self employed, kindly make sure that you have registered your business. Please also make sure you pay your taxes regularly and have the tax clearance certificate. You will also need a bank account for your business. It would be ideal if you pay yourself i.e. you have a regular salary you take even as the owner of the business. You also need to pay SSNIT for yourself and your workers.
Even if you are employed but make some money on the side, do well to register your business since you never know what may happen. In fact, you improve your social and economic ties to Ghana by having multiple sources of income.
If you have not travelled before you can improve your travel worthiness by travelling to neighbouring African countries and countries where visa requirements are not as strict as developed countries. The trips do not need to be long. Just a weekend trip or a one week trip is okay.