Visas in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Way Forward
Visas are an essential part of a country’s migration management toolkit. Visa systems are the primary way in which States regulate and enable the entry and stay of non-nationals in their territory: they facilitate entry and admission, while at the same time playing an important role in tackling irregular migration and ensuring security.
Visas and related policies also have implications on cooperation on mobility between countries – in a given region, or inter-regional - as well as on trade, tourism and investment. In that sense, they have a direct impact on development. African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) countries exchange on the topic of visas under the framework of the ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development. Many ACP countries face challenges to modernize and streamline their visa system and to align it with other policies as to have a positive development impact.
Taking these discussions as a starting point and building upon the work of the ACP-EU Migration Action in ACP countries, this publication explores the interlinkages between visas and development and provides recommendations for developing comprehensive and streamlined visa policies.