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Rwanda Waives Visa Fees for AU States and Others
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Rwanda Waives Visa Fees for AU States and Others

The Rwandan government has approved a waiver of visa fees for citizens belonging to African Union states, Commonwealth nations and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

The new policy, revealed from minutes of a cabinet meeting on Saturday, means that Africans, citizens from the Commonwealth nations and francophone countries would be able to enter Rwanda without having to pay visa fees.

Earlier this year, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, while attending a United Kingdom-Africa Summit, announced that his country was considering this visa waiver.

Rwanda will in June host the 26th meeting of the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Nations, also known as CHOGM 2020.

The country has been ranked as one of the most open countries on the continent due to its non-strict visa conditions.

It allows citizens of all countries that are not visa-exempt to obtain their visas on arrival. Visa applications can also be done online, just before departure to the East African country.

In 2018, the country initiated a global visa-free entry for all travellers. A communique released by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration said all travellers could enjoy 30 days visa on arrival under the regime.

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