2019 Findings: Countries and regions looking to open up on visas


  • 2019 Index ranking: no.31 (no.30 in 2018, no.27 in 2017 and no.28 in 2016).

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“In an effort to improve the ease of doing business in Botswana, Botswana will offer TOURIST VISA at point of entry effective 24th November 2018. This announcement was made by HE, The President of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi at the HLCC meeting held today ( 5-Nov-2018).”

Business Botswana - @BusinesssBotsPR 15 Nov 2018

In a bid to promote the tourism sector and boost the business environment, Botswana’s government announced a move to liberalize its visa regime by offering tourist visas on arrival. The new visa-on- arrival policy will make travel to Botswana easier for African travellers. Botswana’s business community welcomed the decision, sharing the news on social media.​​​​​​​


  • 2019 Index ranking: no.40 (no.38 in 2018, no.36 in 2017 and no.38 in 2016).

“Namibia has decided to start issuing visas on arrival to a good number of African, Asian, European, North American and South American countries. We believe this move will bring us closer to the dream of uniting Africans as envisaged by our forebear era. We also believe that tourism will benefit.” 

Stanley Simataa - Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Namibia

In June 2019, Namibia announced a decision to start issuing visas on arrival to travellers from a number of African countries outside of the SADC region to promote free movement of people in line with the African Union’s integration goals. The pilot project, which also aims to boost the tourism sector, will include global travellers and will issue visas on arrival for a fee of N$1000 at Hosea Kutako International Airport, with future plans to cover other border posts. Africans from 27 countries across the continent will benefit from the move.


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