African countries have made significant progress in their freedom of travel policies, with 93% of nations maintaining, or improving their scores on the African Development Bank (AfDB) 2022 Africa Visa Openness Index (AVOI).
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Africa’s visa restrictions are at their lowest level since 2016.
The report tracks visa policies adopted by African governments on three main criteria: whether entry to citizens from other African countries is visa-free; if a visa on arrival can be obtained; and whether travelers are required to obtain visas ahead of time when traveling to other African countries.
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The top three countries, Benin, Seychelles, and the Gambia offer visa-free entry to Africans from all other countries. Ghana was ranked in fourth place, with Rwanda just behind in fifth. Rwanda offers visa-free entry to citizens of 18 African countries while granting visas to all other Africans on arrival.