Processing for the 90-day visa, which is expected to take five days to complete, starts on April 1 – barely two months away from the world's biggest football festival.
To qualify for a visa,
- the fan must possess a valid passport which must not expire by end of the June 11 – July mundial;
- have a proof of a return air ticket,
- show enough evidence of taking care of oneself for the period of the event or stay,
- acquire a ticked voucher from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) or FIFA,
- as well as having a proof of a hotel/hostel accommodation.
Ms Lallie advised applicants to show up personally at the High Commission and cautioned them about the activities of potential "charlatans (visa contractors) who could take advantage of the situation to swindle unsuspecting victims."
She dissuaded fans who have the intention of settling in South Africa after the World Cup to disabuse their minds of such plan. "Much as there would be an extremely friendly environment in South Africa, I don't think the authorities are necessarily going to relax or renege on their responsibilities as far as security is concerned," she cautioned.
What about where you are right now? How difficult--or easy--is it for you to get your ticket to FIFA?
Truth be told, I'm quite happy watching from the comfort of my home (and office, when Ghana starts playing!!)