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Reports were sparked when the African Union’s (AU) political affairs office tweeted on 13 October that Nigeria announced plans to implement visas on arrivals to citizens from all other African countries at a retreat for permanent representatives to the continental body.
However, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, was quoted by the Associated Press over the weekend saying that it it is not true that the Nigerian Governments has any such plans.
This is despite the AU has advocating for a “single African passport” that aims to improve intra-African trade and has calling for “the abolishment of visa requirements for all African citizens in all African countries by 2018.
Currently Africans need visas to travel to 55% of the continent, according to AU figures.
According to the African Development Bank’s 2017 Africa Visa Openness Report, Africans can get a visa on arrival in just 24% of other African countries, while North Americans, for example, have easier travel access on the continent.
Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius and the Seychelles are thus far the only countries to issue visas on arrival to all African passport holders.