Rwanda Visa Requirements for tourists

Before you take off for your Tour of Rwanda, you should be aware of the visa policies and requirements of the country. Having the proper information and understanding of the Rwanda Visa policies, you won’t face any hassles on your trip. The following is a detailed piece going through everything you may wish to know about the visa requirements of Rwanda.

Rwanda’s Visa Policy

The citizens of all countries (except those that are visa exempt) can acquire a visa on arrival for the Republic of Rwanda. Furthermore, travellers can also obtain an E-Visa online before departure.

All travellers must have a passport that’s valid for at least six months. And it should also have at least one empty/blank page.

Visa requirements

The following are the documents you will require for acquiring a Rwanda E-Visa:

  • A valid passport
  • Some passport-size photographs
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
  • Scanned documents of Personal Details
  • Immigration Status (if applicable)
  • Last Page of the passport
  • Invitation Letter
  • Return tickets for Flights
  • Cover letter stating the purpose of the visit

Note – The documents required for getting an e-visa and a normal tourist visa are the same in Rwanda. You can apply for a Rwanda E-Visa by following this link.

Finally, now you know all the visa requirements and policies of Rwanda. All that’s remaining for you is to visit the land of a thousand hills and experience the best that Rwanda Safaris have in store!

Rwanda e-Visa

If they’d like to, citizens of nations that are not exempt from visa requirements can also apply for a visa online or at Rwandan diplomatic missions. The following is the type of processing and the duration of getting a Rwanda Visa:

Pro Tips – You can visit the below-mentioned websites for getting an E-Visa for Rwanda:

The E-visa will be valid for a period of 30 days and is typically processed in three working days.

Type of Processing Duration
Standard Processing Visa 7 Business Days
Rush Processing Visa 2 Business Days
Super Rush Processing Visa 1 Business Day

Rwanda Visa on Arrival

Some Insights – Passport holders from China, Namibia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, India, Gabon, Israel, Morocco, Mozambique, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Rwanda.

Moreover, citizens of China that have a ‘public affairs’ endorsed passport don’t require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.

Since January 1st of 2018, visitors from all nations are eligible for visas on arrival. Citizens of the Common Market – Southern and Eastern African countries (who are not exempt from visa requirements) are given 90-day visas. While other travellers are given visas of 30 days.

Since 10th March 2020, citizens of member nations of the Commonwealth of Nations, La Francophonie, or the African Union are exempt from paying the visa fees.

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore

Visa Exemption

Good to Know – Citizens of Uganda and Kenya can use an identification card instead of a passport to enter Rwanda.

Visitors and citizens from the below countries can enter Rwanda without having a visa. They’re also exempt from paying any entry fee.

Type of Visa Cost (in USD), approx.
Tourist Visa (Single Entry) $96.38
Business Visa $115.85
Transit Visa (for a period of 15 days) $20

Visa Duration

For a duration of 6 Months

  • Burundi
  • Tanzania
  • South Sudan
  • Uganda

For a duration of 90 Days

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • DR Congo
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Mauritius
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
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