Africans to Obtain Visa on Arrival in Ethiopia

Africans to Obtain Visa on Arrival in Ethiopia Ethiopia has announced that with effect from November 9, citizens of all African countries will not require a prior application to gain entry into Ethiopia but would instead obtain their visas upon arrival in the country. This development is in adherence to Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's Prime Minister's vision of creating a full and closer regional integration in Africa. This news was confirmed by a statement by the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff, Fitsum Arega had taken to his Twitter handle to announce that Ethiopia will from November 9, 2018, begin to grant on arrival visas to citizens of all African nations in fulfillment of the Prime Minister's vision to make Africa more regionally integrated so as to create the right environment for people and markets to be open to ideas and trade. This development is bound to keep Ethiopia open to African visitors, easing their free movement and boosting tourism in Ethiopia. This policy is commendable and a confirmation that African countries are taking a step towards achieving the agenda of the African Union, AU for short, to remove barriers all over Africa and have African citizens move freely across the continent by 2063.

Are other African countries following suit?

This step, however, was earlier taken by Rwanda and was effective from January 1 this year. The new policy by Rwanda was widely celebrated all over Africa and even on social media. Some other African countries had earlier seen the recommendations by the AU to issue visa on arrival to all African nationals. These countries include Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe, however, issues this visa only to nationals of the SADC member states and many other countries outside of Africa. These visas have a 30-day validity. Unfortunately, several African countries are slow in picking the pace of their sister African countries. They haven't reviewed their visa policies and therefore, still have their borders restricted to African visitors. The African Development Bank published a guide in which it revealed that on the average, Africans need prior applications and visa to travel to 55% of other African nations, can obtain visa on arrival in 25% of African countries, and don't require a visa to travel to only about 20% of African countries. Stay connected to VisaTime to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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