5 African nations offering visa-free travel for Africans

In the last few years, Africa has seen the trend of improving travel within the continent to strengthen regional unity.

A notable contribution to this trend is several African countries' adoption of visa-free entry, simplifying the process for African citizens to tour the continent.

According to Jean-Guy Afrika, Acting Director of the African Development Bank’s Regional Integration Coordination Office, visa waivers in African countries ease the complexities of going to visit a loved one who lives just a border away.

“It makes it easier for Africans to visit their families, pursue education and business interests abroad, and discover Africa as tourists. It also contributes towards the fulfilment of aspirations for a prosperous, integrated continent where people can develop their potential unhampered by overly restrictive visa regimes,” he said.

Below are five African nations that have adopted such policies to enable seamless travel for Africans:


Situated in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles stands out as one of the most tourist-friendly destinations in Africa. In addition to its stunning beaches and vibrant marine life, Seychelles was reported in 2018 to be the only country offering visa-free access to all African nationals. Visitors need to only provide a valid passport, proof of accommodation, and onward travel arrangements to enjoy up to 30 days in this tropical paradise. However, Nigeria is no longer on its list.

The Gambia

Known for its rich cultural heritage and historical significance, The Gambia, in 2019 opened its doors to fellow Africans without the need for a visa. The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that The Gambia is now a visa-free zone for all charter and scheduled flights. The new visa regulations covered the Commonwealth nations, EU nations, Africa, the Baltic States, and Belgians with their ID cards."


Benin follows the visa openness by allowing fellow Africans to experience the country visa-free. Visitors can explore the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey, marvel at the vibrant markets of Cotonou, and immerse themselves in the country's diverse traditions, all without the hassle of visa applications.


In October 2023, Kenyan President William Ruto unveiled plans to abolish visa requirements for all African visitors by the end of the same year. This initiative aimed to boost trade and cultivate stronger economic relationships with fellow African nations. "By the end of this year, no African will need a visa to enter Kenya. The time has come to understand the importance of doing trade between us," he said.


As one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, Rwanda has emerged as a hub for business and tourism on the continent. In 2023, Rwanda rose as a new leader, driven by its increasingly liberal visa policies implemented over the past eight years. Beginning in 2016, the country enabled citizens from nearly 90% of African nations to acquire visas upon arrival, while citizens from the remaining countries could enter visa-free. Subsequently, Rwanda eliminated visa fees for African citizens. By 2023, Rwanda took a monumental step by waiving visa requirements for citizens from the entire continent.

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