Ayorkor Botchwey: Ghana is considering visa-free entry for all Africans

Currently Rwanda, Seychelles, The Gambia and Benin are the only African countries that provide visa-free entry for all African citizens

Ghana is considering introducing visa-free travel for all Africans and people of African descent, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has said.

Botchwey is optimistic the move will bring enormous benefits to Ghana in terms of boosting the tourism sector.

Currently, Rwanda, Seychelles, The Gambia and Benin are the only African countries that provide visa-free entry for all African citizens.

Speaking to Asaase News, Botchwey said the Foreign, Interior and Tourism Ministries have been holding discussions on the initiative and will soon come out with some decision.

“It is something that we are seriously thinking about, I know Rwanda has announced, and Kenya is also looking into it. We are also going to look into it seriously for our fellow Africans and also those of African descent in the diaspora.

“We want to be able to attract them, they come in their numbers to Ghana through the Year of Return, Beyond the Return, because Ghana has become that pilgrimage country for them to touch base with the motherland.”

“And so, it is something that we are seriously thinking about and we are actually on the drawing board looking at it. It is not just the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but the Interior, Tourism, we are all looking at it and we will come out very soon,” Botchwey said.

Listen to Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in the attached audio clip below: 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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