Coronavirus: French citizens in Rwanda urged to go home before Schengen travel ban

By IGIHE
On 17 March 2020 at 02:22

The embassy of France in Rwanda has called upon all French citizens in Rwanda to go back home in France after a ban on entry to the 26-state Schengen passport-free travel zone was imposed.

On March 16th, 2029, the European Union announced a complete shut down on all Schengen Area Borders, as an extreme measure to prevent the Coronavirus from further spreading in the borderless area.

The decision follows President Donald Trump’s resolution to ban entry to the US for Schengen area travelers.

President Macron confirmed that all travelers to the European Union (EU) and Schengen countries will be banned for 30 days starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at noon.

"The travel ban was triggered by a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 patients in the EU and Schengen countries and banning travels is not only a preventive measure but also a way to avoid putting unbearable pressure on our health systems."

Macron said that French citizens still in foreign countries can go home and reminded those in France to remain isolated to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The embassy of France in Rwanda advised French citizens in Rwanda to go back home before stricter bans are imposed and due to continuous flights suspension by various airlines across the world.

"All French tourists are immediately requested to leave Rwanda and inform the embassy about the airline they flew with."

On Monday, March 16th, 2020, Brussels Airlines announced that all flights to and from Rwanda will be suspended starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.

In France, the number of newly infected coronavirus patients triples every day. It resulted into France banning all major businesses in the country to operate for 15 days.

5423 people have so far tested positive for COVID-19 whole 127 died from the virus.

French top health official Jerome Salomon said on March 16th, 2020 that the partial lockdown was imposed to curb the outbreak of the epidemic and put less pressure on the health system which is almost at capacity.

President Macron confirmed that all travelers to the European Union (EU) and Schengen countries will be banned for 30 days starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at noon.

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