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Elimination of visas: African Union now issues Pan African e-passports

Jul 16, 2016

Travel and tourism within Africa may become easier soon, at least for some. Currently holders of an African passport require visas to visit at least 30 countries on the continent. The African Union is seeking to change this with the launch of a pan-African e-passport.

African heads of state and top African Union (AU) officials will be the first to receive this new travel document. The plan is to issue the passport to all eligible Africans in the next three years.

At the ongoing 27th African Summit at the Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda, members may soon once again welcomes Morocco who opted to leave due to the African Union's recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara) as a member state.
 
 

Taib Fassi Fihri met Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi and said Morocco wants to re-join the AU without any preconditions.

The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 54 countries in Africa. The only African state that is a United Nations member, but is not a member of the African Union is Morocco, who opted to leave due to the African Union's recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara) as a member state. The AU was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa.

Elimination of visas: African Union now issues Pan African e-passports



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