Togo is again among the top 10 countries most open to Africans in 2019 (AfDB)

Economic governance
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 14:40
Togo is again among the top 10 countries most open to Africans in 2019 (AfDB)

(Togo First) - Once again, Togo is among the top 10 countries most open to other African citizens. This is revealed in the latest update of the Africa Visa Openness report 2019 released yesterday at the Africa Investment Forum organized by the African Development Plan (AfDB). 

According to the document, for the first time since 2016, Africans have free access to 51% of the continent. In detail, they no more need a visa to visit 25% of its countries (25% in 2018, 22% in 2017, 20% in 2016), and get visa on arrival in 26% of the other countries with no visa-free policy (against 24% in 2018 and 2017, and 25% in 2016). 

According to the AfDB, "moving forward, championing greater visa openness across Africa will help to capitalize on the gains to be realized from the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area, the Single African Air Transport Market and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons." These are all initiatives that Togo adheres to.  

Regardless of its efforts relative to visa openness, Lomé still has more to do to stand on par with others such as Benin, where all Africans can come visa-free, or Seychelles, Rwanda, Senegal, and Ghana. Most of these countries have launched an e-Visa platform.  

Let's also indicate that citizens from non-ECOWAS countries, with the exception of one, can get a visa on their arrival in Togo. 

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