The Armenian government on Thursday granted the request of the National Security Service (NSS) to introduce new entry visa issuance procedures for citizens of 40 African states.
Under the decision, from now on citizens of most of the countries in Africa will be able to get Armenian visas only at Armenian diplomatic missions abroad and only on the basis of invitations.
So far, citizens of states like Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Botswana, Congo, Zimbabwe, Chad and many others were able to get Armenian visas upon arriving in the country.
The NSS said it had observed an increase in the number of citizens of African states who try to use the territory of Armenia as a transit point to get to Europe. It said the limitation was necessary considering that their increasing flows might become “uncontrollable” and lead to “social, demographic, healthcare and legal issues.”
In the past several months Armenian law-enforcement agencies reported a number of crimes committed by Africans in Armenia.
In the past Armenia also made decisions on making visa issuance procedures stricter for nationals of a number of developing Asian countries.