Rwanda became the latest government on the continent to declare a policy geared at promoting free movement of people when it declared on Thursday that it will provide all Africans entry into the country without the need for a visa.
Rwanda became the latest government on the continent to declare a policy aimed at promoting free movement of people and trade to rival the Schengen zone of Europe when it declared on Thursday that it will provide Africans entry into the country without the need for a visa.According to data from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, President Paul Kagame made the announcement in the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali. There, he promoted Africa’s potential as “a unified tourism destination” for a continent that still receives 60% of its visitors from outside of the continent.
“Any African, can take a plane to Rwanda at any time, and they won’t have to pay anything to enter our nation,” President Kagame stated at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s 23rd Global Summit.He stated, “We must 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.”
Rwanda will be the fourth African nation to lift travel restrictions for its citizens once they are put into effect. The Gambia, Benin, and Seychelles are further nations that have exempted citizens of Africa from needing a visa.