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Rwanda Declares Visa-Free Travel for Africans

Rwanda Declares Visa-Free Travel for Africans 

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda announced the country’s decision to offer visa-free travel to Africans, aiming to enhance free movement of people and trade. This move aligns Rwanda with other African nations working towards a more integrated continent, akin to Europe’s Schengen zone.

In a speech delivered in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, President Kagame highlighted his plans to create a visa-free travel system for Africans, drawing inspiration from the Schengen zone model in Europe.

He highlighted Africa’s vast potential as a unified tourism destination. The Schengen zone, comprising 27 European countries, has effectively removed passport and border control requirements at their mutual borders.

President Kagame highlighted the importance of Africa’s own tourism market, stating that any African can enter Rwanda without visa charges. Currently, 60% of African visitors are from outside the continent. 

Kagame emphasized the growth potential of Africa’s middle class, positioning Africans as the future of global tourism, speaking at the 23rd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Following the lead of Gambia, Benin, and Seychelles, Rwanda is set to remove travel restrictions for Africans. Additionally, Kenya’s President William Ruto has announced his intentions to implement visa-free travel for all Africans to Kenya by December 31.

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