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.
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