Ethiopia will start issuing visa-on-arrival for fellow Africans, beginning this Ethiopian fiscal year, President Mulatu disclosed.
Following the African Union’s promise of easy travel for Africans throughout the continent by 2023, Ethiopia takes a bold step towards helping that become a reality.
Speaking at the opening of Parliament and outlining the government’s legislative program on Monday 8th October 2018, President Mulatu Teshome announced that the country would begin to grant visa upon arrival to African nationals this fiscal year (2018/19). This means that there would be no need for Africans to necessarily apply for a visa before flying into the country. All African passport holders need to do is fly in and have their visa stamped on arrival.
The president also said that the country is doing this in order to contribute its part to the African continent Free Trade Area Agreement as proposed by the African Union in 2016. He further added that legal measures will, however, be taken around the borders to sustain peace and development integration.
This welcomed development comes barely four months after Prime Minister Abiy announced on June 1, 2018, that the country had started issuing visas online for tourists and other visitors across the world.
There is no doubt that this visa on arrival arrangement would facilitate tourism, economic and diplomatic relations in the country.
‘A relaxed visa regime will enhance both Ethiopia’s openness and will allow the country to harness the significant stopover transit traffic of Fly Ethiopia’, tweeted the PM’s Chief of Staff.
In other news, reports indicate that till date, Seychelles is historically the only nation where visa-free travel is open to all Africans – as well as to citizens of every nation.
Ethiopia is located in eastern Africa, west of Somalia, with a population of well over 100 million people and speaks about ninety languages. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in African continent.
Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, and some of their cities are beauty to behold.
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