African Trav­ellers

Tourism Tattler - - BUSINESS - By Josephine Wawira

Africa is in­creas­ingly mov­ing to­wards achiev­ing part of its African Union Agenda 2063, which en­vi­sions the abol­ish­ment of visa re­quire­ments for African cit­i­zens by 2018. The re­cent launch of the Pan-African Pass­port is a big mile­stone to­wards freer move­ment of peo­ple within the con­ti­nent, a move ex­pected to fur­ther in­te­grate Africa.

This will in turn cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties, boost economic growth, in­crease cul­tural in­te­gra­tion and el­e­vate do­mes­tic tourism.

While some African coun­tries have be­come visa open over the years, the ma­jor­ity still have a long way to go, with Africans re­quir­ing visas to travel to 55% of other African coun­tries.

The Africa Visa Open­ness Re­port 2016 fur­ther shows that out of the 55 African coun­tries, only 13 of­fer visa free or visa on ar­rival to all Africans.

The in­fo­graphic along­side, by Ju­mia Travel, pro­vides a more com­pre­hen­sive out­look on visa trends in the con­ti­nent.

A lot of changes are ex­pected in the near fu­ture, with the grad­ual roll out of the uni­fied pass­port.

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