, ,

Visa-free Travel In Africa For Africans: Ghana, Mauritania & Mozambique Make Most Progress!!  

Seychelles is the only territory on the continent that grants visa-free entry to all Africans.

For Africans, travelling the continent can be tedious, as only 10 of its 55 territories grant either visa-free entry or visas on arrival to all Africans. In fact, it can be easier for Americans or Europeans to travel the continent than for its own citizens. This impacts economic growth, as restrictions to the free movement of people ultimately limits intra-regional trade, investment and business expansion.

However, according to the African Development Bank’s Africa Visa Openness Report, there have been some improvements. The report measures and ranks countries by how easy it is for visitors from other African states to gain entry (i.e. whether they get visa-free access, visas on arrival, or have to apply for a visa). In 2016, over a third of countries introduced more liberal visa policies. These include South Africa, which has approved a 10-year multiple-entry visa for African businesspeople and academics, as well as São Tomé et Príncipe granting 13 African countries visa-free access.

But it is Ghana that has made the greatest progress – it has jumped to sixth place on the index, up from 22nd in 2015. Former president John Dramani Mahama announced last year a decision to issue visas on arrival for African Union member states, valid for 30 days. These are currently issued at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, with other ports of entry expected to follow suit. Ghana now offers visa-free access to nearly a third of all African countries, and visas on arrival to about two-thirds.

Senegal, Tunisia and Malawi have also made noticeable improvements. Senegal has joined the top 20 countries on the index (ranked in 15th place), currently granting visa-free access to 42 countries (up from 16 in 2015). Tunisia now provides 21 countries visa-free entry, while Malawi offers liberal access to citizens of half the countries on the continent (up from a third in 2015).

ALSO READ  4 rare Albino green sea turtles hatch in Mozambique

Seychelles remains in the top position, and is the only territory on the continent to grant visa-free access to all Africans.

Visa openness in Africa: Country ranking

Ranking Country Visa openness by number of countries
No Visa required Visa on arrival Visa required
1 Seychelles 54
2 Uganda 18 36
3 Togo 16 38
4 Guinea Bissau 14 40
5 Cape Verde 16 37 1
6 Ghana 17 35 2
7 Mauritania 8 46
7 Mozambique 8 46
9 Mauritius 26 22 6
9 Rwanda 6 47 1
11 Djibouti 54
11 Madagascar 54
11 Comoros 54
11 Somalia 54
15 Kenya 18 30 6
15 Senegal 42 12
17 Tanzania 6 37 11
18 Gambia 28 26
19 Malawi 14 13 27
20 Burkina Faso 15 11 28
21 Zambia 13 13 28
21 Zimbabwe 17 8 29
23 Cote d’Ivoire 21 33
23 Tunisia 21 33
25 Guinea 20 34
25 Mali 20 34
27 Benin 18 36
27 Niger 18 36
27 Botswana 18 36
30 Nigeria 17 1 36
31 Swaziland 17 37
32 Lesotho 16 38
33 Sierra Leone 15 1 38
34 South Africa 14 40
34 Liberia 14 40
36 Namibia 13 41
36 São Tomé and Príncipe 13 41
38 Chad 11 2 41
39 Central Africa Republic 12 42
40 Congo republic 13 41
41 Morocco 9 45
42 Algeria 7 47
43 Democratic Republic of Congo 4 3 47
43 Egypt 8 46
45 Burundi 5 49
45 Cameroon 5 49
47 South Sudan 5 49
48 Gabon 3 1 50
49 Ethiopia 2 1 51
49 Eritrea 2 1 51
51 Sudan 1 2 51
52 Angola 1 1 52
53 Libya 1 53
54 Equatorial Guinea 54
54 Western Sahara 54
Loading...

What do you think?

600 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *