December 3, 2023

It’s all open! Rwanda launches visa-free entry for all Africans

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has thrown the borders of his country open as he introduced visa-free travel for all Africans.

“Let there be no mistake about it. Any African can get on a plane to Rwanda whenever they wish and will not pay a thing to enter our country,” President Kagame said on Thursday.

Rwanda is the fourth African country to make the move.

Seychelles, The Gambia and Benin, are the other African countries to announce visa-free entry for all African citizens.

Kenya will also join the list by 2024

Other African countries, most recently Ghana and South Africa, as well as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have signed bilateral visa-free travel agreements.

Rwanda has been projecting its tourism sector, partnering with football clubs like the English and German giants, Arsenal and Bayern Munich, to promote the country as a reputable tourist destination.

Kagame noted that the decision to introduce a visa-free travel to Rwanda was targeted at capitalising on Africa’s growing tourism market, driven by the continent’s growing middle class, according to the BBC.

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