Speaking at a state banquet held in honour of visiting Rwandan leader, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed that Ethiopia would ‘very soon’ follow Rwanda’s example.
ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia plans to open its borders so that all Africans can arrive without prior permission.
Speaking at a state banquet held in honour of visiting Rwandan leader, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed that Ethiopia would “very soon” follow Rwanda’s example.
From 1 January this year, nationals of all countries received a visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders.
Fewer visa restrictions will lead to greater intra-African tourism which then boosts the economy of the host country.
“For countries who have either visa-free or visa-on-arrival policies you can see the positive impact on the number of visitors to those countries. Over time, you’ll also see it in the trade figures,” explains Acha Leke, a Director at McKinsey & Company and member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Africa.
Ease of entry
According to the Visa Openness Index, it’s still easier for Americans to travel around Africa than it is for Africans themselves.
Africans still need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, although visa openness levels have improved from 2015 levels on average.
Africans can get visas on arrival in just 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa at all to travel to just 20% of other countries on the continent.
West African and East African states are leading the index, making up 75% of the top 20 most open countries. Only one North African country made the top 20 while none did from Central Africa.