20 African Countries You Can Visit With Just a Passport

Everyone wants to visit Africa aka The Motherland. However, most African nations require Americans to obtain a visa prior to travel. Applying for a visa can be a frustrating, time-consuming, and lengthy process. It usually involves sending your passport and a detailed application to a country’s embassy or consulate, proof of income and the means to sustain yourself while traveling, plus paying a pricey fee.

Americans have the privilege of traveling visa-free to the majority of countries in the world. Unfortunately, most of these countries are not on the African continent. Out of Africa’s 54 countries, a little over a third allow Americans to visit either without a visa or by obtaining a visa on arrival. Check out these countries so you can plan your next trip to the Motherland.

 20 African Countries You Can Visit Without a Passport



  • Botswana – stay up to 90 days
  • Equatorial Guinea – stay up to 90 days; entry requires certification of vaccination for smallpox, yellow fever, and cholera
  • Lesotho – stay for 14 days, extendable up to 180 days
  • Mauritius – stay up to 90 days
  • Morocco – stay up to 90 days
  • Namibia – stay up to 90 days
  • Senegal – stay up to 90 days; for travelers arriving from yellow fever endemic countries, evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Senegal
  • South Africa – stay up to 90 days; you must have TWO completely blank passport pages to enter
  • Swaziland – stay for 30 days, extendable up to 60 days
  • Tunisia – stay up to 90 days


20 African Countries You Can Visit Without a Passport


  • Cape Verde – costs 2500 CVE ~ $24 payable in cash only (CVE or USD)
  • Comoros – 45-day visa costs 65 euros
  • Egypt – single-entry 30-day visa costs $25; multiple-entry costs $35
  • Madagascar – range of fees depending on the length of stay
  • Malawi – $75 for a 3-month visa; requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you arrive from a country with risk of yellow fever
  • Rwanda – 30-day tourist visa available for $30
  • Seychelles – free visa; stay for 3 months, extendable up to a year
  • Tanzania – costs $100; you are PROHIBITED from engaging in volunteer activities on a tourist visa
  • Togo – valid for 7 days & costs 15,000 FCFA (~ US $30)
  • Zambia – single-entry, valid up to 90 days
  • Zimbabwe – $30 for a 30-day/single-entry visa or $60 for a 60-day/multiple entry visa


For up-to-date visa requirements for all countries listed above, visit the State Department’s website at travel.state.gov.



  1. Betty
    April 30, 2018 / 12:34 am

    Always stated that if I ever get married, I want to do a cross country tour to Africa as my honeymoon. Guess that will be a hefty honeymoon.

    • Sarrah
      May 9, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      It definitely will be. It can be expensive to travel around Africa. It’s not like Asia or Europe.

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