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Ethiopia hints at visa-free entry for all Africans


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Ethiopia may soon open up its border to African citizens, as new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hinted at visa-free entry into the country last week.

The announcement follows Rwanda’s decision allowing Africans to enter the country without visas. 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.

“The President invited all Africans to travel to Rwanda without visas, we will follow you very soon,” the Prime Minister said.

While he did not provide specific details of the visa-free plan, the move will open up Ethiopia to African visitors, and ease the free movement of African nationals.

According to Ahmed, allowing African citizens visa free entry into the country will further open it up to African visitors and help boost the country’s tourism potential and in the long run its economy.

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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