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bird TenX: Africa’s 10 ‘most open’ countries for travel

bird TenX: Africa’s 10 ‘most open’ countries for travel

IN the past eight years, 35 countries have improved their visa policies and, since 2016, five countries have abolished all visa requirements for African travellers. As a result, citizens of at least five countries can now enjoy visa-free travel in 42 different countries, compared to just three in 2020. According to the Africa Development Bank's Africa Visa Openness Report 2023, most countries are making progress towards simplifying entry processes and dropping restrictions for other nations. The report also indicates that the free movement of people has advanced within Africa’s regional economic blocs. In the past year, six of the eight…
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Visa-free regimes to bolster African tourism growth in 2024

Visa-free regimes to bolster African tourism growth in 2024

AFRICAN countries are set to record an increase in tourism numbers in 2024, as more countries continue to open their borders to other African countries by abolishing visa requirements. In 2023, most African countries made significant strides to liberalize their visa regimes, with Rwanda and Kenya being the latest to completely remove visa requirements for all African travellers, joining Gambia, Benin, and Seychelles. Kenya's transition towards a visa-free regime saw the country’s Immigration Department receive almost ten thousand applications for the new Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) allowing foreign nationals to visit or transit through the country by air, in the…
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Kenyan Airways hit by disruptions

Kenyan Airways hit by disruptions

KENYA Airways is experiencing flight disruptions due to delays in securing aircraft components required for maintenance, the carrier said. The airline, which is one of Africa's biggest, may be forced to cut some flights if the challenges of getting the parts to persist, Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka said in a statement. "The challenges have been occasioned by the Ukraine war crisis, which has significantly crippled the Russian supply chain crucial to global aviation," he said. He cited titanium from Russia as one of the key raw materials used by the aviation industry and is crucial to the maintenance of planes.…
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