Over 3M Africans visited Rwanda in 2016

On 25 October 2017 at 03:25

Following the 2013 removal of visas for visitors from some African countries as well as removal of obstacles to obtain visas to other countries, the inflow of visitors to Rwanda has considerably increased.

The increase in arrivals was also promoted by different initiatives like Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) and flights of RwandAir in different African countries.

According to the Directorate General of Migration and Emigration, a total of 3,030,057 visitors entered the country in 2015 and 3,297,976 in 2016.

A total of 1,157,171 used Rwanda as transit to neighboring countries in 2016.

Speaking to IGIHE, the Spokesperson for the Directorate General of Migration and Emigration, Yves Butera said that among major attractions of Africans to Rwanda are tourism, businesses and conferences and visiting families and friends.

He said that the guaranteed security in the country and removal of obstacles in acquiring travel documents also boosted movements.

“Since 2013, Rwanda opened borders, Africans can get their visas at border posts. This, mainly, explains arrivals expansion,” he said.

Rwanda’s growing MICE programme, different big conferences like World Economic Forum,the 27th African Union Heads of State Summit, Global Africa Investment Summit and Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) competition that took place in the beginning of 2016 all attracted many visitors.

Passengers picking their luggage at the Kigali International Airport, Kanombe / Credits: Timothy Kisambira