Rwanda has waived visa fees for nationals from the participating countries that will compete at the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) from January 16-February 7.
The move is set to make it easier for fans to support their teams that will be competing in the biennial tournament.
“All nationals from participating countries do not have to pay visa fees to enter Rwanda. This is make sure that no one fails to come to Rwanda because they cannot afford to pay the visa fee. This will help Africans to follow Chan,” the Sports and Culture minister Julienne Uwacu said.
Cameroon’s team press officer Simon Molombe Lyonga said: “This will facilitate good movement of fans to Rwanda and in Cameroon, this was received well by fans who intend to come out and support us.”
Rwanda has also removed the pre-clearance requirement of acquiring an entry visa meaning fans will be be able to receive their visas on arrival at any Rwandan entry point.
Sixteen teams will compete at the three-week tournament including Angola, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, hosts Rwanda, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.