INFOGRAPHIC: How Open Are African Countries With Visas To African Travelers?
African countries are making it easier for Africans to travel across the continent without the need to get visas beforehand, thanks to the African Union’s long-held goal of integration and easy movement of Africans within the continent.
According to the Africa Development Bank’s Visa Openness Index for 2019, African countries are becoming increasingly open to visitors from across the continent, as the majority of countries and regions make steady progress on all visa openness indicators. For the first time, Africans have liberal access to 51% of the continent and need visas to travel to less than half of other African countries. Meanwhile, of the 51% of countries Africans can access more freely, 26% offer visas on arrival, while 25% do not require visas beforehand from African travelers.
Last October, Ethiopia introduced a more liberal visa on arrival policy for African travelers, while Nigeria unveiled a new visa policy that would allow visas on arrival to be granted to all African travellers last week. Both countries took their commitment to making travel easier for their nationals further this week, by signing a visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders.
In this Techloy infographic, we examine the African countries with the best and worst visa openness index scores as of December 2019, which shows Seychelles and Benin are the top performing countries, offering visa-free access to all Africans, while Egypt has one of the worst visa openness policies in Africa.
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