Africa: New digital visa system to be up and running by October

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Late last week while delivering his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa said that a new digital system for visa applications is on the cards for October. According to ENCA, the e-visa is part of the government’s service to make it easier for tourists to travel to South Africa, as well as for companies to acquire […]

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Africa: Ghana reduces visa fees on arrival for ‘The Year of Return’

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The government of Ghana has reduced visa fees on arrival for “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019”. The fee is reduced to $75 from the initial $150. The move is to allow for many people living in the Diaspora to participate in the various activities for the programme. The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Charles Owiredu, made […]

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News: How common VISA can boost tourism in West Africa

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After Asia-Pacific, Africa is the second-fastest growing tourism region. According to a report released by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in March 2019, travel and tourism in Africaincreased by 5.6 percent in 2018 in comparison to the global average of 3.9 percent. The report claims that around 71 percent of tourism spending across the African continent was leisure-driven and […]

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News: Rumoured student visa ban is fake news, says US Embassy

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The United States Mission in Nigeria has debunked the rumour that it’s no longer issuing student visa to Nigerians. The media was buzzing with news of the banned visa for Nigerian students. But on its verified Twitter handle, @USEmbassyAbuja, the mission wrote, “#FakeNews Alert! Be advised, reports of Student Visa ban for Nigerians is false. If you have seen such […]

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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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