2018 Findings: Countries and regions looking to open up on visas


“#A relaxed visa regime will enhance both #Ethiopia’s openness and will allow the country to harness the significant stopover transit traffic of @flyethiopian.”

- Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Ethiopia

  • The Main Department for Nationality and Immigration Affairs is also modernising the visa process, with global travellers able to apply for eVisas at https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home.


  • 2018 Index ranking: no.38 (no.36 in 2017, and no.38 in 2016).
  • Namibia moved ahead to liberalise its visa policy framework in October 2017, with a decision for all Africans to be issued visas on arrival, as part of a wider goal to remove visa requirements altogether. This follows earlier plans to allow SADC citizens to access the country visa-free.
  • Since 2016, African diplomat and official passport holders can enter the country without a visa, following President Hage Geingob’s announcement citing the value of African unity.


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