Nigeria opens up visa-on-arrival access to all African countries, including SA

2019-12-12 12:41
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South Africans currently need to apply for a visa before visiting Nigeria - but visa restrictions between the two countries are set ease come 2020.  

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari announced visa-on-arrival access for all African nationals from January 2020 - during the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development inaugural meeting in Egypt on Wednesday. 

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Ease of access for Africans across the continent has also been on the agenda for SA, as the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) began testing the electronic visa (e-visa) applications for Kenya, ahead of the festive season at the beginning of December. An e-visa pilot with Nigeria is set to begin in January 2020. 

Applying for visas online makes travel much easier, as it does not require the person to visit a South African embassy in person. Once fully rolled-out, prospective visitors will be able to apply online for visas, at home, office or place of work. 

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Most SADC countries are accessible to us without a visa, as long as we're going there for vacation. Any form of work - even volunteering - requires some form of a visa, so make 100% sure what the rules are beforehand.  

These are the other African countries South Africans can either visit visa-free or get a visa on arrival with a valid SA passport:

South Africans can enter these countries without visas:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Djibouti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, MauritaniaMozambiqueNamibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Somalia, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

And then a few where we get a visa on arrival:

Cape Verde, Comoros, EthiopiaGabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

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