By Gracious Madondo
Ethiopia has moved a step forward in making travelling easier for African travellers into the country through its new visa-on-arrival system.
The policy for visa-on-arrival for African travellers comes into effect on 1 November 2018.
According to TravelPulse.com, this new service was recently launched by the Ethiopian government at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa were African Ambassadors and the chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airway Group Tewolde Gebremariam were in attendance.
Gebremariam said the new service is important as it will promote continental tourism and easy movement of travellers. “Visa-on-arrival for fellow Africans brothers and sisters and more important as it will greatly boost cross-border tourism, trade and investment, further deepening African integration,” he said.
Gebremariam said Ethiopia has one of Africa’s biggest operating airways and this initiative will boost the airline as well as bring Africa and the world together.
“Ethiopian Airlines has been bringing together and closer to the world for over seven decades. Today Ethiopian Airlines flies to 60 African destinations and connect the continent to over 50 major international cities in the five continents and this new travel policy will make travelling even easier”, he said.
The visa-on-arrival is a type of visa which allows other countries’ residents within the continent to have a visa more easily by receiving it at the airport upon arrival.
Earlier this year Ethiopia also introduced the e-visa service.
The e-visa allows international visitors to apply for a visa online and receive it via email.
A number of countries in Africa such has Rwanda, Angola, Mauritius , Senegal are now visa free, while others such as Gabon, Ghana and Turkey have adopted the visa-on-arrival regime in a bid to boost and promote continental and international tourism.