RwandAir to repatriate Rwandans abroad

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 24 April 2020 at 04:15

RwandAir, starting from May 1, 2020, will be repatriating Rwandans citizens, especially students and others willing to return, these are set to be taken from Brussels every Friday.

This was agreed on after the Rwandan government signed an agreement with RwandAir and other partners to start these weekly flights.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta, told the media that the program aims to assist all Rwandans abroad with the desire to return to their homeland, especially students who may be facing difficulties returning having concluded their studies.

"This is to help Rwandans, especially students who want to return, during their summer holidays and have difficulties finding a place to stay in after school," he said.

RwandAir has embarked on a cargo journey in different destinations including Brussels; it is in that same context that Minister Biruta explained that these will be returning Rwandan citizens.

Rwandan, especially those living in the United State of America, have been advised to use KLM, Delta, or American Airlines with destination to Brussels where RwandAir will be.

Rwanda’s ambassador to the United States, Matilde Mukantabana, said there are at least 495 students in the country and 16 other non-students who expressed the will to return to Rwanda.

Mukantabana said there may be other Rwandans who may hear of this opportunity and make it productive.

The aid is not only for Rwandans living in the United States but also for countries with airlines such as Canada and Europe who can buy tickets to travel to Belgium where they will meet with RwandAir to take them to Rwanda.

Anyone who arrives in the country will be immediately placed in 14-day quarantine in a place prepared by the government.

RwandAir will be repatriating Rwandans citizens, especially students and others willing to return, these are set to be taken from Brussels every Friday.

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