An announcement has been made by Kenya’s newly sworn-in President, Uhuru Kenyatta, confirming that all Africans travelling to the republic would be issued with visas on arrival.
President Kenyatta, who will serve his second term in office, makes the announcement as the continent draws closer to 2018; the year in which the pan-African passport had in recent years been reported to be introduced. This would allow travellers from across the continent to move between countries without securing a visa prior to travelling.
Following recent reports that the Nigerian government had confirmed plans to offer visas to African travellers upon arrival in the west African country, the Nigerian minister of information and communications, Lai Mohammed, has said such plans were untrue, according to The Washington Post.
News of Nigeria’s apparent intention to issue visas on arrival first broke following a tweet by the African Union’s (AU) political affairs office on Friday.
However, ABC News has reported that according to Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson for the AU chairperson, the AU is yet to receive details from Nigeria, with the news having been “announced verbally with… Read More
When going abroad, it’s important to ensure all your travel documents are kept safely and within reach. Other than your passport and visa documentation, here’s a handy checklist to make sure you don’t leave the essential pieces of paper behind.
Depending on your travel destination, you might need to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Make sure you have the proof of vaccination or vaccination card with you at the ports of entry where you’ll need clearance. Visit your health practitioner and the World Health Organisation website before you set off to confirm which vaccines you may need.
It is said that around 450 BCE, the first document that served a similar purpose as a passport was issued to one of King Artaxerxes I of Persia’s officials, where in it, he requested “the governors beyond the river” grant his servant safe passage as he traveled through Judea. Today, the passport is a necessary means of travel to enter a possible 218 countries around the world, be it for work or leisure as the globe grows more accessible.
Not all passports are made equal, however. Citizens of some countries have access to more countries than others, without having to… Read More
Africa is filled with gems for the traveller, from its northernmost tip right down to the south. It’s no wonder that many countries on the continent are finally being recognised as destinations worthy of any bucket list. But as with all foreign destinations in the world, there are a few things to be aware of before you explore the continent’s vast beauty. Here are seven things to consider before setting off.
Visas and important documentation
If you’re considering travelling to or through the continent, it’s important to know the visa requirements for each country you visit. Along with your passport, many… Read More
The New Zealand government has announced that as of 21 November, 2016, South African citizens will need to obtain a Visitor Visa before travelling to that country. In the past, genuine visitors have been granted a visitor’s visa on arrival, but an increase in the number of South Africans who have been denied entry into the country has led to the creation of the new visa rule. The New Zealand government has stated that “there have been in incidents of passengers who have been found holding counterfeit or fraudulently obtained South African passports.”