Ethiopia relaxes its visa regime

Ethiopia is now issuing online visas to visitors from across the world. The country has relaxed its visa regime, allowing more countries to apply for a visa online.

With this step, Ethiopia is following Rwanda's example allowing all Africans to travel to the country without visas. Ethiopia is one of few African countries that have embraced electronic visa service, also known as eVISA. The service was launched in June 2017, for visitors from 37 countries.

The eVISA for Ethiopia now authorises tourists from across the world to apply for a tourist eVISA online. Once issued, the Ethiopian eVISA is valid for 30 or 90 days depending on the applicant's selection.

According to BusinessTimesAfrica, Ethiopia's move to relax its visa regime will open up the east African country to African visitors, and it will undoubtedly ease the free movement of African nationals and boost tourism. In 2017, Kenya, Ghana and Zimbabwe have started implementing the 30-day visa-on-arrival policy recommended by the African Union.

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