Benin: No more visas needed for Africans


Africans travelling to Benin will no longer require a visa. Benin joined a continent-wide campaign aimed at achieving the free movement of people and open visas across Africa. Eight West African countries — Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Togo — are counted as some of the most visa-open countries in Africa. The ECOWAS zone, which authorises free movement, also encourages regional mobility within West Africa. Visa openness contributes to fostering tourism, facilitating trade and investments, filling skills gaps in the labour market and creating jobs. Its implementation does not require any major investments. As a part of its Agenda 2063, the African Union urges the creation of an African passport and aims to end visa requirements for all African citizens by 2018.