– African travellers now have liberal access to over half the continent, the
2019 Africa Visa Openness Index published by the African Union Commission and
African Development Bank, reveals.
was launched on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg,
Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on
on visa openness in Africa follows growing momentum for greater integration
between countries and signals that policymakers across the continent are
pushing reforms, making it easier for African businessmen and women, investors,
students and tourists to travel.
edition of the Index shows that 47 countries improved or maintained their visa
openness scores in 2019.
visitors no longer need a visa to travel to a quarter of other African
countries, whereas visa-free travel was only possible to a fifth of the
continent in 2016.
21 African countries also offer eVisas to make travel more accessible, up from
up from 16 in 2018, 13 in 2017, and 9 in 2016.
The 2019 top
performers on visa openness rank among the top countries for foreign direct
investment in Africa, and benefit from strong levels of growth, including in
shows that Seychelles and Benin remain the top two countries on visa openness
in Africa, with their visa-free policy for all African visitors.
moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open
countries in Africa.
Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina said, “Our work on the Africa Visa Openness
Index continues to monitor how Africa is doing on free movement of people.
being made but much still needs to be done. To integrate Africa, we should bring
down the walls. The free movement of people, and especially labour mobility,
are crucial for promoting investments.”
Openness Index has inspired reforms in more than 10 African countries including
Ghana, Benin, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Kenya, unlocking tremendous potential for
the promotion of intra-regional tourism, trade and investments.