The issue of travelling as an African through the African continent is pressing for many. Seychelles is the only African country that requires no visa for all African nationals; and a number of African countries have removed visa entry requirements and fees for a number of African nationals.
Among Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), citizens of its 15-member countries including Benin, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Nigeria can travel without visa across ECOWAS states.
In Southern Africa, there is a common tourist visa between Zambia and Zimbabwe called the KAZA Kavango Zambezi. Visitors who apply for this visa can visit both countries including trips to Botswana.
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The East African Community (EAC) also has a reciprocal visa agreement between its member countries, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
Still, many countries maintain strict border controls for African nationals. Read further to find out the worst 34 countries on the African Visa Openness Index 2017 as determined by the African Development Bank Group and the African Union.
Central African Republic (CAR)
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
Sao Tome and Principe