Citizens belonging to any African country can now enter Benin without a visa as per the campaign across the continent to make travel unrestricted within Africa for Africans. It joined a list of 13 other African countries such as Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda and the Seychelles that have either eased or completely done away with visa requirements.
The last one year has seen the AU (African Union) members take steps towards the ideal of turning Africa into a continent with seamless borders, on the lines of the European Union.
Quartz Africa quotes Patrice Talon, Benin’s president, as saying in Rwanda on 30 August, that they have taken a leaf out of Rwandan books and decided that Benin would no longer need visas from other Africans.
Travel between certain countries within Africa is said to be very tough for the citizens of that continent, with some of them imposing tougher regulations on their counterparts within Africa than for non-Africans. In fact, citizens of the US are eligible to travel to 20 African countries without visas or by obtaining visas on arrival.
But the borderless continent is said to be quite far away. As of now, only Paul Kagame, Rwandan president, and Idriss Eby, Chadian president, hold the coveted AU passport. Heads of the state and other officials of AU are yet to get it.
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