Crisscross West Africa Travel Ouagadougou or Ouaga, Burkina Faso, West Africa Saturday, September 8, 2007
I received a five year multiple entry visa to Mali yesterday for 25,000 CFA or about 50 US Dollars. I applied at about 9:00 AM and at 11:00 AM, I received the Visa. I am from the USA and I am not sure what is going on, but this is now the second five year Visa I have received in Africa. I received a one year in Togo and then Burkina Faso Embassy in Ghana gave me a five-year visa for Burkina Faso. I can also enter at the border of Benin at the bottom and the top and get a 48-hour visa then immediately extend.
I now can travel painlessly from Senegal to Togo, back and forth, up and down, meander, and wander West Africa.
This is now possible for ME, I do not know about YOU.
Governments of the world just lose the plot, many countries are clueless. There are various polices, and sadly countries tend to make Visa policy in childish ways.
The USA gives to the poorer countries a “Prove you will leave Visa.” Or an, “Up the Ante Visa”
You must prove you are going to visit and leave the country, and the USA continually increase the Ante to guarantee the person leaves. If you ask a person in South America where they want to go, they do not say Yellowstone Park, they say Miami as they are not going to leave if they enter… hehehe
The Tourism departments of Governments of the planet are full of control freaks and anal people who do not want to work together with other countries. More or less they world from jealousy and a need to prove they have power.
90 percent of the problems are a Government or the Chief what seems logical, fair, open to other countries, then they turn over the right to give a Visa to person with a second grade education who is the brother in law to the President.
Ghana…. Ghana could triple the tourism in it country just buy giving Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the Jealous boys Canada 30 days on arrival Visa. Then put a way in Southeast Asia to get a Visa, specifically put an Embassy or Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand.
The goal of Ghana is not tourism or to encourage business.
The normal phrase you hear is about reciprocity, the “Reciprocity Visa” - I give you what you give me.
I have been listing the types as I think of them:
Quid pro quo Visa Eye for an Eye Visa Gouge Visa Prove you will leave Visa Up the Ante Visa My Home is Your Home Visa Encourage Bribes Visa Your Country if full of Crooks Visa What Country are you from Visa Wave your Passport Visa I am First World Also Visa Special Status Visa Get You Back what you have me Visa Treat Me Equal Visa Impossible to Perform Rule Visas Keep the People Poor Visa The Rich get Richer Visa Visa on Arrival Swim over, we will let you in
Overall, I must commend Burkina Faso and Mali for giving five year Visas and if across the board the policy is passed down and all the Embassies or Consulates do the same than life will get better in these countries. A businessperson visits for fun, then come back to do business…
I am now tempted to go by land to England, pick up my Solar Powered play toys, bypass the gouge you, the rich get richer import exports rules and be my own courier.
People tell me, get a Visa in your own country, the distance from Indiana to Washington DC or to New York, or the time it would take and the money it would take, I could fly around the planet. It is just not a good option, in fact, horrible to get Visa inside the USA, therefore making Africa about the last place on a persons list of places to go, tourism is encouraged by making it easy. All of Europe, I more or less just wave my passport at them and enter, I am not sure if I ever have to leave.