Rwanda has announced that it would allow other African nationals to travel visa-free to its country, making it the fourth African country to remove travel restrictions for Africans.
Paul Kagame, the country’s President at a tourism summit on Thursday said it has become necessary to capitalize on Africa’s tourism market.
“Any African can get on a plane to Rwanda whenever they wish and they will not pay a thing to enter our country”
“We should not lose sight of our own 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 said during the 23rd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council in Kigali.
When implemented, Rwanda would join Seychelles, The Gambia, and Benin, as the only African countries that provide visa-free entry for all African citizens.
Kenya’s President also recently announced that the country would end visa restrictions to African visitors by 2024.
Other countries on the continent have also entered bilateral visa-free travel arrangements. Most recently is Ghana and South Africa who signed the agreement on November 1, 2023.
The visa waiver between the two countries would apply to holders of ordinary passports who can stay in either countries for up to 90 days within a year.