Ghanaians to Receive Free Electronic Travel Authorization to Visit Kenya

Ghanaians to Receive Free Electronic Travel Authorization to Visit Kenya
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In a move to promote visa-free travel across Africa, Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has announced that Ghanaians traveling to Kenya will now be issued electronic travel authorization (ETA) free of charge, effective June 19, 2024.

Ghanaians must apply for approval through (link unavailable) before departure. This development comes after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's announcement that all Africans will be able to travel to Ghana visa-free by the end of 2024.

The African Union (AU) has long advocated for visa-free travel among member states, but progress has been slow, with only 28% of intra-Africa travel currently visa-free. Kenya introduced a visa-free regime for Africans in November, but faced criticism for requiring electronic travel authorization and a $30 administration fee.

Ghana and Kenya previously had a reciprocal visa-free agreement, which changed in January 2024 with Kenya's new 'visa-free' entry policy for all foreigners. This move aligns with the African Union's vision of promoting free movement of citizens across the continent. However, challenges remain, and only a few countries like Rwanda, Benin, Seychelles, and The Gambia offer visa-free travel to all Africans. As the continent works towards greater integration, developments like this free electronic travel authorization for Ghanaians traveling to Kenya are a step in the right direction.

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