Rwanda announces visa-free travel for Africans

Africans will no longer require a visa to visit Rwanda.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame announced on Thursday, making the state to become the latest nation on the continent to announce such measures.

Speaking at the 23rd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Kagame noted that such measures are aimed at boosting the free movement of people and trade.

“Any African, can get on a plane to Rwanda whenever they wish and they will not pay a thing to enter our country, ” he said.

“We should not lose sight of our continental market. Africans are the future of global tourism as our middle class continues to grow at a fast pace in the decades to come,” Kagame added.

Once implemented, Rwanda will become the fourth African country to remove travel restrictions for Africans.

Other countries that have waived visas to African nationals are Gambia, Benin and Seychelles.

The president of Kenya, William Ruto also said that Africans intending to travel to Kenya in 2024 will no longer need visas.

He announced the move while making a keynote address at the Three Basins Climate Change Conference in Brazzaville, Congo.

The Head of State said the move is aimed at boosting trade with African countries.

Ruto stated the low rate of intra-African trade and urged to reduce customs tariffs within the African continent to accelerate the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Source: The Star 

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