UAE waives visa for Rwandan diplomats

On 30 December 2017 at 01:44

Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and service passports.

The agreement was signed Thursday in Kigali between by Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Cooperation and East African Community Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Ali Alhashimy.

The two discussed visa facilitation, skills development among youth, investment in tourism, bilateral air service, participation in Dubai Expo, among others.

Speaking to the National Broadcaster, the Director General for Bilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community Affairs, Faith Rugema said that the agreement will ease trade between the two countries.

“The agreement aims at easing movements for people going for diplomatic missions. Diplomatic corps will be going there without visas. Under the agreement, UAE residents will also receive their visa on arrival in Rwanda and last for 90 days,” he said.

Previously, UAE nationals were allowed 30-day visa in Rwanda.

UAE’s Al Hashimy hailed Rwanda for opening doors to other countries urging that the cooperation should be extended to other sectors.

Mushikiwabo said that both countries are committed to good bilateral relations.

“We want to strengthen cooperation in skills sharing, information in different sectors so that they help us in building good relationship as well as protecting both countries’ interests,” she said.

National Career, RwandAir, Chief Executive Officer, Col. Chance Ndagano said that Rwanda will benefit in terms of air flights.

“The number of passengers to or from Dubai will increase and will help us in terms of business and cooperation,” he said.