“It is time we realize the importance of trading among ourselves and allowing goods, services, people, and ideas to move freely across the continent. “When people cannot travel, businesspeople cannot travel, entrepreneurs cannot travel, we all become net losers.” Ruto further pointed out
A recent AU report reveals that just 22% of African nations allow visa-free entry for other Africans. This discrepancy fosters xenophobia in wealthier African nations, hindering the economic potential of free movement. South Africa epitomizes this divide, as citizens of 15 African nations can enter without a visa, while 28 European passports gain free access.
Although some progress has been made by nations like Namibia, Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda, Benin, and Kenya in easing restrictions, over half of Africa’s countries still demand visas, a legacy of colonial-era borders.
Commercial flights between regions are scarce and exorbitant, compounding the challenge. Efforts have been made by many top entrepreneurs targeted at simplifying travel for Africans within the continent, but the 2018 deadline for widespread visa elimination has passed, leaving the vision of a borderless Africa in limbo.
However, the move by countries like Kenya is a step in the right direction for visa-free travel. As the country mulls over this for implementation, the question remains; Which countries can enter Kenya visa-free?.” The answer is All African countries.