Passengers arrive at the Kigali Airport. The new visa-free policy is expected to boost travel and tourism in Rwanda/Photo: RwandAir/Facebook

Rwanda announces visa-free travel for all Africans

All Africans can now travel visa-free to Rwanda. President Paul Kagame announced the new policy on Thursday, making his country to become the latest nation on the continent to waive visas to other African nationals after The Gambia, Benin and Seychelles.

Speaking at the 23rd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council, holding in Kigali, Rwanda, Kagame said the open-door policy is aimed at boosting the free movement of people and trade on the continent.

“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,” he said.

“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.

Last weekend, President William Ruto also said that Africans intending to travel to Kenya from 2024 will no longer need visas. He said the move is aimed at boosting trade with African countries.

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