Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today) January18, 2023 :- The 2022 issue of the Africa Visa Openness Index (AVOI), which assesses the extent to which African countries are open to travelers from other African countries, Puts Ethiopia among top 20.
According to the Ethiopia stood out as having significantly opened its visa regime between 2016 and 2022, achieving the largest nominal increase in score since 2016.
It figuring among the continent’s top 20 performers (17th). It also boasts a visa openness rate of 96%, which entails nationals of 96% of African countries are eligible to enter Ethiopia visa-free or with a visa on arrival.
It is well remembered that Visa on Arrival has changed in late-2022, when Ethiopia temporarily revoked visaon-arrival privileges for many countries.
This success has largely been attributed to the fact that Ethiopia followed by Burundi and Djibouti undertook wholesale changes to their visa regime and moved from a general “visa required” policy to visas on arrival. All three had ranked among Africa’s lowest performers in 2021 and moved into the top 20 in 2022.
East Africa also has eight representatives in the top 20 (it had six in 2021).