The agreement sets forth visa exemptions for holders of diplomatic and service passports, while ordinary passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival without any fees. However, this agreement is not solely about facilitating people’s mobility; it represents a multifaceted ambition.
The primary objectives of this agreement are to promote the free movement of ordinary citizens and officials between Congo and Rwanda, foster strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and establish mechanisms to strengthen diplomatic relations.
A significant aspect of this agreement is its precise regulations concerning the entry, transit, stay, and departure of citizens and officials from both nations. By carefully organizing individuals’ mobility between Congo and Rwanda, the agreement aims to ensure security and orderliness for citizens of both countries.
The ratification of this agreement by the country’s senate marks a substantial step forward in the relationship between Congo and Rwanda. Facilitating people’s movement also opens up opportunities for cultural, economic, and social exchanges, fostering greater mutual understanding and cooperation.
In the recently published Henley Passport Index, the Rwandan passport has made impressive progress, climbing ten places to reach the 76th position out of 103, on par with countries like Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, and Mozambique.
This advancement is a testament to Rwanda’s efforts to negotiate visa exemption agreements for its citizens. Presently, Rwandan passport holders can travel to a total of 63 destinations worldwide without a visa, including the Republic of Congo, thanks to this new agreement.