For you to visit any country for purposes of tourism, or work the need for a visa is more of a rule than an exception. Countries can however work out a way of making this travel easier by eliminating the need for a visa when visiting another country.
The United States is ranked 7th in terms of travel freedom and holders of a US passport can travel to 185 countries and territories all over the world without needing a travel visa. For our interests, we'll look at the African countries/territories where a citizen of the United States can travel without needing a visa.
Visa-Free African Countries For US Citizens
As a citizen of the United States, you don't need to get a Visa when visiting the following 13 African Countries. You can simply present your valid passport.
The table below shows the Visa-free countries in Africa, and how long you can stay on your visit.
|NO.||COUNTRY / TERRITORY||DURATION||TERMS & EXTENSIONS|
|3||Cape Verde||30 days||Must register online at least 5 days before arrival|
|4||South Africa||90 days||The passport should have at least 2 blank pages|
|7||Lesotho||14 days||Extendable up to 180 days|
|8||Eswatini (Swaziland)||30 days||Extendable up to 60 days|
|9||Equatorial Guinea||90 days|
|10||The central African Republic||180 days|
|11||Sao Tome and Principe||15 dauys|
|12||Botswana||90 days||Within a year's period|
|13||Seychelles||90 days||Extendable up to a year|
The table shows some extra terms and conditions that you should be aware of. As with any other place, you should be having a passport that is going to be valid through the length of your intended stay in the country.
- Lesotho allows the least time for visa-free entry by US citizens of 14 days
- The Central African Republic allows the longest period of visa-free entry, 180 days for US citizens.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate might be required if you have travelled through other countries in the tropics.
Wherever you chose to go, make sure you understand the requirements - especially for entry such that you don't end up missing a vital part of the whole process. Remember, visa-free travel from one country isn't transferable and will work if all the countries you are visiting allow visa-free entry.
We have to remind you that these agreements are made between individual countries and can always change without prior notice.
These changes can be permanent, or temporary depending on the situation leading to the change in policy. All in all, be sure to check and cross-check for any kind of travel restrictions that could affect you.