Ethiopia To Adopt Visa-Free Policy For All African Visitors

Ethiopia will soon allow all Africans to visit the country without visas, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

After Rwanda’s decision to allow African to enter the country without a visa. The issuance of visa-on-arrival for all countries was widely applauded by many across the continent.

Speaking during a state banquet for Paul Kagame last Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Ethiopia will follow Rwanda’s example very soon. Kagame was in Ethiopia for a three-day official visit.

We will follow Rwanda’s initiation to allow Africans to travel without a visa to Ethiopia, said Abiy during the banquet.

This is Africa website pointed out: while Prime Minister Abiy did not give specific details of the plan to allow all Africans to travel to Ethiopia without a visa, the proposal is laudable step to open Africa’s borders. The policy will open up east African visitors, and it will undoubtedly ease their free movement of African nations and boost tourism.

In 2016, the African Union launched a continent-wide passport to make visa-free travel a reality and to facilitate the growth of tourism and trade between African countries.

Currently, Africans need visas to travel to 55 percent of other African countries on an average, according to African Development Bank (AfDB).

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