Donald Trump signs a visa-free travel policy for Rwanda

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow all Rwanda nationals travel to the United States without visas.

The new order, serving as a change in visa policy for Rwandans traveling to the United States, would permit them to in the US for a maximum period of 180 days for tourism or business purposes only.

However, according to, a stay for over 180 days would therefore require a visa.

Trump says this measure is to strengthen trade between the United States and Rwanda.

However, Rwandans who hold dual nationality will be banned from entering the United States if their other passports are from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen- the seven Muslim-majority countries ‘of concern’.

It has emerged that trade and bilateral visa deals have been discussed by Trump and Rwandan Diplomats in the States.

A source at the White House hinted that Trump may revoke Australia’s opportunity of traveling to the United States without visas after cancelling all trade deals with the country.

Allowing Rwandans to the United States freely is not the only order signed into force by Trump since assuming office. He has signed five new executive orders, including one to expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects.

President Donald Trump signed executive orders to advance the construction of the controversial Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines.

He also signed an executive order on Monday barring federal funds from organizations that promote abortion around the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in what activists say is the president’s first major pro-life action while in office.

The policy, known as the Mexico City Policy or the Global Gag Rule, was first ushered in under Ronald Reagan and bars federal funds from going to foreign organizations that that perform abortion overseas or lobby for the practice’s legalization in other countries.

He has formally withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies as China’s influence in the region rises.

Fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States from the 12-nation PPP.

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