News: Website spreads false claim of US adding 10 countries to its visa waiver program

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An article circulating online claims that the US government has added 10 countries including Kenya, South Africa and Argentina to its Visa Waiver Program (VWP). But none of these countries appears on the VWP list available on the US Department of Homeland Security website. The US State Department told us there was no truth to the claim. The VWP allows […]

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Africa: Nigerian Government Protests New US Visa Policy

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The Federal Government has engaged the United States (U.S.) government to make the issue of visa issuance less difficult for genuine Nigerian visitors to America. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this on Tuesday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists on the negative impact the issue of visa overstay had on Nigerians travelling to U.S. The minister […]

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Africa: Woman jailed 22 years over false information in visa application

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A woman identified as Mrs. Philomena Nwanorue has been jailed for 22 years by a Lagos High Court for giving false information in visa application. Spokesperson to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, Guardian reports. She said the ICPC arraigned the convict, alongside Mrs. Adeline Ifeyinwa […]

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News: East African Nations are the best in Visa Openness

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Kenya Rwanda and Uganda have been named among the top 10 most open destinations, in Africa in the Africa Visa Openness Report 2018. The report by African Development Bank and the African Union noted that African countries on average are becoming more open to each other, with indications that travel within the continent is getting easier. According to the President, […]

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News: Visa restrictions, air connectivity bane of Intra-Africa tourism

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Nigerian and Moroccan travel and tourism operators have identified visa restrictions and poor air-connectivity among countries as some challenges facing intra–Africa tourism. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they stated this on Thursday during a familiarisation meeting between the two country’s travel and tourism stakeholders. The event, which was organised by the Moroccan National Tourism Office in collaboration with […]

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Africa: Boost for business as Kenya, Mozambique eliminate need for visa

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Mozambique counterpart, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, have waived visa for citizens and investors traveling between the two countries. The deal signed between the two presidents on Wednesday, November 21, means one can now travel from Kenya to Mozambique and vice versa without the document. Addressing the nation shortly after signing the visa agreement, Uhuru said the […]

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News: Tourism will grow in Africa with increased Visa Access and adaptation to technology

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The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on Monday said African countries have potential to grow tourism if they improve the visa regime and integrate technology into the sector. The sector is growing and have a potential to be the major contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) in the continent if well managed, the WTTC Research Director Rochelle Turner […]

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News: South Africa gives Visa Waiver to Ghanaians and 9 other Countries to grow Tourism

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In a bid to boost tourism to the country, South Africa is finalising a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries, allowing travellers to enter the country without a visa. This announcement was made by Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday in Pretoria. Citizens from countries which will now no longer require a visa to travel to […]

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Africa: Visa on arrival leading to influx of investors through MMIA

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INVESTMENT is finding its way to Nigeria, if data emanating from the Visa on Arrival (VOA) policy of the Federal Government is anything to go by as no fewer than 38,000 people have used the VOA between June 2017-2018. The Visa on Arrival is a product of the Federal government’s ease-of-doing-business policy which came onboard over a year ago, aiding […]

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Tourism: South Africa to amend child visa requirements after business & leisure visitor fall-off

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South Africa will allegedly scrap the child visa requirements after visitor number declined by “1.5% year-on-year in the first seven months of this year,” Business Tech SA reported. The official announcement is expected to be detailed by President Ramaphose on Friday. According to a statement issued after a Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday, 20th September, a number of changes will be […]

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