Rwanda Visa Policy

Rwanda Visa Policy

iVisa | Updated on Aug 26, 2021

Visa Policy for Rwanda

As per The Republic of Rwanda Visa policy, all travelers must hold a passport with a minimum of six months validity with at least one empty page. And, citizens not from visa-exempt countries must obtain a visa on arrival or an e-Visa before departure.

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Tourist Visa Policy for Rwanda

In accordance with Rwanda Visa Policy, a visa granted to foreign nationals seeking to visit Rwanda for tourism is known as a Rwanda Tourist Visa. The documents required for applying for a Rwanda Tourist Visa includes:

  • Travel Document: A valid passport or another acceptable travel document is required. The document must have a minimum validity of 6 months on the day of entry in Rwanda.
  • Health Requirements: Due to COVID-19, a vaccination certificate may be required at the border post.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees are basically fees for processing of applications.
  • Validity Of A Visa: The maximum and minimum period of validity of a visa varies for each visa class.
  • Single Or Multiple Entries: Whether a visa is issued for single or multiple entries varies for each visa class.
  • Financial Requirements: Sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Rwanda are required. Evidence may be requested online, at the Rwandan foreign mission or at the entry point.
  • Extension Of A Visa For Some Classes: Visas may or may not be extended, as it varies for each class.

However, application for visa extension shall be made while the initial visa is valid.

Visa holders are allowed a grace period of 5 days after their visa has expired. They can either depart or renew their visa, else will be subjected to a penalty along with a denial to extend the visa.

Citizens of the countries mentioned below are exempt from the Rwanda visa for 90 days as per Rwanda Visa Policy:

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burundi
  • CAR
  • Chad
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • DR Congo
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Philippines
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Rwanda Visa Policy allows Holders of diplomatic and service category passports of following countries to visit Rwanda without obtaining a visa:

  • China
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • India
  • Israel
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Citizens of non-exempt countries have the option to apply for a Rwanda Visa by submitting an application online or at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence before departure.

Rwanda eVisa

The Rwanda eVisa is an electronic visa that permits the holder to enter its territory. It allows a single entry only and can be issued for tourism, leisure, visiting family, and transit.

  • Entry: Single-entry visa
  • Period of Permit: up to 30 days
  • Validity: for 30 days from date of issue
  • Available: Tourist, family visit, and transit eVisas

In line with Rwanda Visa Policy, citizens from the countries mentioned below are eligible to apply for Rwanda eVisa.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Documents required for applying for a Rwanda tourist eVisa are as follows:

  • Passport with a minimum 6 months validity
  • Scanned digital copy of the passport bio page
  • Current email address to receive the Rwanda eVisa
  • Method of payment (credit/debit card)
  • Basic personal details and other required information
  • Foreign travelers applying for a Rwanda tourist, family visit, or transit eVisa must also provide their travel itinerary.

Other Visas for Rwanda

Foreign nationals who are visiting Rwanda for purposes other than tourism or visiting family should enquire at the nearest Rwandan embassy or consulate.

  • Rwanda business visas, visas for medical treatment and job searches, residence permits are only available from diplomatic missions.
  • East African Tourist Visa (EATV): It permits cross-border, multi-entry access to Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda for 90 days. The visa can be applied for at country embassies or online.
  • Visa on arrival: Visitors from all countries are eligible for a visa on arrival.

Rwanda Visa Policy allows citizens of the following countries a free of charge visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days.

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Antigua
  • Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados,
  • Belize
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt,
  • Eswatini
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji,
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Grenada
  • Greece
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kiribati
  • Jamaica
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia,
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Maldives
  • Monaco
  • Morocco,
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania
  • Saharawi
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Switzerland
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • The Bahamas
  • The Gambia
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Trinidad
  • Tobago
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent
  • the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Rwanda Visa Policy allows citizens from the following countries a free of charge visa on arrival for a stay up to 90 days.

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Indonesia
  • Haiti
  • Mauritius
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sao Tome and Principe,
  • Singapore
  • St Christopher
  • Nevis
  • Qatar.

Rwanda Visa Policy allows citizens of East African Community Member States a free of charge Visa on arrival for a stay up to 6 months.

  • Burundi
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • South Sudan

Nationals from countries that are not mentioned above are eligible for a 30-day visa simply by paying the applicable fees for each visa.