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These African countries that every African can visit without a visa in 2024

African countries are increasingly realizing the crucial importance of dismantling barriers that have long hampered intracontinental interactions.

Published on 25 May 2024

From the removal of troublesome customs duties within sub-regions to the complete elimination of visa restrictions, the continent is on a rapid path of progress.

The move towards visa-free entry between African states not only promotes a sense of unity, but also holds great promise for economic growth, cultural exchange and enhanced regional cooperation. The decision by several African countries, including the recent decision of Rwanda and Kenya, to open their borders to their fellow African citizens reflects a crucial shift in the continent's approach to interconnectivity.

These decisions mark a progressive step towards the construction of a unified Africa, transcending the limits imposed by historical borders. That said, the idea gained traction, albeit slowly. Too few African countries have decided to take the bold step of dropping their visa restrictions. However, some countries are leading the way in this all-important initiative.

While 48 African countries grant visa-free travel to citizens of at least one other African country, only 5 of 52 African countries can boast full visa-free entry, and two of them recently joined the group.


Due to its reliance on tourism, it was reported in 2018 that Seychelles was the only country where visa-free travel is open to all Africans, as well as citizens of all nations, as has always been the case . An African country will be able to travel without a visa. However, they recently canceled Nigeria's visa privileges.

Gambia                                                                                                                                                                                                            In 2019, the Gambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed all diplomatic missions and international organizations in Banjul that The Gambia is now a “visa-free zone for all charter and scheduled flights”. Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Africa, the Baltic States and Belgians with their identity card are covered by the new visa regulations.
Benin Patrice Talon, President of Benin, said in 2019 that his administration would eliminate visa restrictions for Africans entering the West African country. The Beninese government was inspired by the opening of Rwanda which, ironically, only announced the granting of visas to Africans in 2023.

Kenya                                                                                                                                                                                                                In October 2023, Kenyan President William Ruto announced plans to remove visa restrictions for all African travelers by the end of 2023 to boost trade and strengthen economic ties with other African countries.

Rwanda:                                                                                                                                                                                                            In November 2023, Rwanda announced plans to allow visa-free entry to other African states. The president noted that any African can board a plane to Rwanda whenever they want and will pay nothing to enter the East African tourism giant.


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