In an applaudable act aligning with the progressive vision of a visa-free Africa, another African country has joined Rwanda in dropping visa requirements for Nigerians and visitors from other countries. Offering an open embrace to global visitors, this country is adding to the increasing list of African countries uplifting restrictive travel measures.
Kenya has recently abolished visa requirements for any global visitor
This announcement came from President William Ruto at a conference held in the DR Congo
The government has rolled out an easy-to-use digital platform to smoothen the entry process without the need for visa applications.
Starting from January 2024, Kenya will open its doors to visitors from all over the world without the need for visas, according to President William Ruto.
President Ruto shared that his government has put in place a digital platform to replace visas. This system will allow international tourists to obtain electronic travel authorization in advance, simplifying the travel process.
Ruto campaigns for visa-free policy among African countries
“It shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya.”
Kenya’s president is a strong advocate for visa-free travel within Africa.
In a groundbreaking announcement made at a 2023 conference in DR Congo, he unveiled plans for visitors from fellow African nations to be welcomed to Kenya, visa-free, before the year ends.
According to Reuters, this move acknowledges the vital part tourism plays in Kenya’s economy. A country famous for its picture-perfect beaches lining the Indian Ocean and captivating wildlife safaris.
“Kenya has a simple message to humanity: Welcome Home!” Ruto said.
Ghana grants limited visa-free entry to visitors
In a recent step forward for African travel, Kenya follows in Rwanda’s with their motherland and consider Ghana as their go-to place.
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Ghana asks immigration officers to stop requesting visas from visitors
The Transport Ministry has recently conveyed the need to update all systems reflecting the new visa-free policy. It also urges those managing passenger check-ins for flights to the West African nation to abandon the old practice of demanding an entry visa prior to departure.
Meanwhile, hints about Ghana possibly extending this visa-free access policy to all Africans and those with African heritage living abroad have been dropped by the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ayorkor Botchwey.
African countries with visa-free policies
Currently, the list of African countries extending visa-free access to all African citizens is limited to just four: Rwanda, Seychelles, The Gambia, and Benin.
In a move to foster stronger ties with diaspora communities and cement its reputation as a welcoming hub, Ghana has recently joined these nations by introducing its own visa-free entry policy.
This strategic decision, experts posit, is aimed at promoting tourism, encouraging cultural exchanges, and cherishing the rich tapestry of African heritage.