Championing for a Visa-free COMESA

Freedom of Movement Project

COMESA Visa Openness Index 2015



Travel within Africa for Africans is often fraught with difficulties. Poor interstate infrastructure and the high cost of air travel are just a few of the challenges faced by African travellers.

However, the single most challenging aspect for Africans is obtaining the necessary permission to enter a country: the visa. Countries give foreigners permission to enter their territory prior to or at the point of entry to control and monitor who enters. Once they have entered to limit their activities. States also use visas to reciprocate other states’ position towards their citizens.

More than half of African countries require travellers who are African to obtain a visa before entry. However, regional organisations such as COMESA and the EAC have in place treaties that move us closer towards seamless borders as a way to enhance economic development.