Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Rwanda

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A passport is needed to enter Rwanda, and a proof of yellow fever vaccination is usually required to return to the country of origin. Citizens of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hong Kong, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore, Uganda, and Tanzania do not need visas.

If coming by plane, residents of many countries may get a 30-day single-entry visa for USD30, which can be extended by the immigration office in Kigali, but the procedure can be time-consuming. In general, Rwandan embassies and consulates may grant one-month tourist visas for approximately the same amount. For additional information, contact your closest embassy or consulate.

It is no longer feasible to acquire a visa at the border if you are traveling overland. However, visa applications may be simply submitted online. You will get an entrance visa approval email within a few days. The visa will be granted at the border if you provide this acceptance letter. The visa cost of USD30 is paid at the border.

Genuine visitors may also wish to explore the East Africa Tourist Visa, introduced in January 2014 and initially granted in March 2014, which permits for multiple visits in a 90-day period between Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda for USD100 and without “restrictions on place of origin.” Rwanda has taken the wise decision to set up an online platform to issue these, which means that many visitors may choose to fly into Kigali, Rwanda’s main airport, rather than Entebbe or Nairobi, since this visa must be granted by the nation you want to visit first (similar principle to Schengen visas in the EU).