March 17, 2020

French Tourists Told to Leave Rwanda


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The advisory posted on the website of the French embassy in Kigali

The French embassy in Kigali has advised French tourists in Rwanda to leave as soon as possible, part of COVID-19 control measures.

The embassy, in travel advisory posted on its website, says in anticipation of possible closure of Schengen and EU borders, there may be no flights to take the tourists home after decision is taken.

“You must make contact immediately with the carrier you used to come to Rwanda,” says the advisory, warning they should be in France as soon as possible.

Since Monday evening, the entire France is on lockdown as COVID-19 infections explode. Anybody found out will be fined up to €135.

The EU leaders are preparing to hold a videoconference summit to decide on whether to close air and land borders.

In Rwanda, there are 7 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon. Government is not annoucing number of suspected cases.

In Rwanda still, schools are closed, religious gathering banned, and all gatherings like weddings and funerals banned. Government is also advising private sector and state institutions to allow their staff work from home.

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