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).
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.
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.