Rwanda proposes bill to waive visa fees for African citizens
Rwanda, an African country, has proposed a bill which grant African citizens entry into the country without a visa.
This was disclosed by the President, Paul Kagame, at the United Kingdom-African summit held in London on Monday 20 January 2020.
“This will mean that African citizens would not have to pay for visa to enter Rwanda,” the President disclosed.
The bill however, has to pass through the parliament to take effect. But if passed, citizens of commonwealth nations, Francophonie included would be admitted into the country without any financial obligations.
“We are soon considering exempting citizens of the commonwealth, as well as the African Union and the Francophonie, from paying Visa fees when entering Rwanda.” Kagamne said.
Speaking about the commonwealth values and its connection with Africa, he noted that, “The commonwealth is a community of values, with continued relevance for today’s world. More than one-third of its member states are African. These are the reasons why Rwanda chose to join in 2009.”
If the proposed bill is finally passed, Rwanda as a fast developing nation will be one of the visa-free African countries with a record high.