- AU Chairperson commends Ghana for introducing visa-on-arrival policy
- The visa-on-arrival policy will ensure an integrated and prosperous Africa
- President Mahama during his state of the nation said the visa-on-arrival policy will facilitate the mobility of people to unlock Africa’s economic potential.
Following president John Dramani Mahama’s announcement during his state of the nation address that beginning July this year, Ghana will allow for visa-on-arrival for all AU citizens, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed Ghana’s decision.
Commending Ghana for the leadership and example, Dlamini Zuma said the move by Ghana will urge other African nations to follow suit.
The AU Commission Chairperson expressed her great pleasure in Ghana taking immediate concrete steps to implement this decision of the Executive Council.
She also noted that Ghana is reaffirming its Pan-Africanism and upholding its place in the area of the African continental integration, which is a key tenet towards the realisation of Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want. “After Ghana, I am convinced that many other African countries will follow suit, in the interest of achieving an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa”, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said.
The decision is a result of a resolution adopted at the African Union Executive Council meeting held earlier this year in Addis Ababa, which stipulated that AU Member States review their internal and external security realities in an attempt to implement mechanisms allowing for the issuing of visas on arrival for citizens of Member States, with the possibility of a 30-day stay.
“This measure, with time, should stimulate air travel, trade, investment and tourism”, President Mahama said in his address, highlighting the importance of facilitating the mobility of people to unlock Africa’s economic potential.
Visa on arrival (VOA) means that on arrival, you will need to queue up at a visa counter, apply and pay for a visa, which gets pasted into your passport on the spot, before you go to immigration.
– Source: African Union Commission