As part of its new Free Skies program, Ineng seeks to reduce barriers to travel and business within Africa.
Visa-Free Travel in Africa
Making travel easy, simple and affordable is an important step towards boosting business, trade and tourism. One of the hassles associated with international travel is the process of applying for a visa.
Applying for a visa can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. In addition, applying for a Visa often requires that flights and accommodation are booked in advance. If the Visa is denied, there is the risk of losing some (if not all) of those costs. This makes travel that much more risky for would-be travelers and business people.
In order to encourage inter-African travel for both tourism and business, government should take steps towards reducing the hassles and costs associated with travelling by easing visa regulations.
While countries within the European Union have made travel easy and effortless, with EU citizens no longer required to show passports while travelling within the Schengen Area. In contrast, travel within Africa requires citizens to acquire visas for the many African states.
Show your Support for easier travel in Africa!
Ineng has set up an Avaaz Petition with the aim of gathering a popular mandate for reforming visa laws across African nations.
We’re encouraging business people, academics, think tanks, policy experts, concerned citizens and especially entrepreneurs to get involved.
Once it is clear that there is a popular mandate for reducing the hassles of travel within Africa, then discussions about the ways in which travel can be made simpler and easier can begin.
Click here to sign the Avaaz Petition.
Ineng had the honour of hosting many young people from across Africa at the SYPALA conference in September 2014. However some key speakers were not able to join us in South Africa, due to their visas being rejected based on trivial technicalities. We hope that South Africa, along with other African states will work towards easier, more efficient visa policies that protect national security while making it easier for tourists and business people to connect with other nations on the continent.
We hope to work towards easier, simpler, cheaper travel in Africa.