How to Apply for Rwanda Visa

If you are a foreigner taking safari in Rwanda, you should submit your visa application to the Rwandese embassy or diplomatic mission near you for processing. Where this mission isn’t available, you can request for a visa acceptance letter online which you will present on arrival to get your visa upon payment of the visa fee – $30.

Well, that was before and due to the new developments, that Rwanda has taken to attract more tourist to the country effectively from January 2019 Rwanda Visa is easy to get without application.

Citizens of the East Africa Community can get a renewable 6 months’ visitor’s pass upon arrival for no fee. Nationals of all African countries traveling to or transiting through Rwanda can obtain an entry visa upon arrival without necessarily making prior application and pay for a visa ($30) where applicable.

In view of the existing bilateral agreements, citizens of the following countries can visit Rwanda without a Visa for a period of 90 days: Hong Kong, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Philippines, Mauritius and Singapore.

Also, nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa ($30) upon arrival without prior application.

Nationals of the countries mentioned above not exempted from visa may also choose to get visa at Rwanda Diplomatic Missions (except the UN Mission in New York) or online.

Transit single entry visas for up to 2 days are given at a cost of $30 at the same cost as the single-entry tourist visa which is available for up to 90 days.

You will make the payment at the point where you enter the country. It is very important to remember that you need a confirmation letter (or a hotel confirmation, Tour operator invitation/tour confirmation letter, copy of gorilla permit) to get a Rwanda visa and therefore you need to contact Rwanda or consulate in your country to get this document.

Please note that if you are planning to apply for resident/business or missionary multiple entry visas upon entry to Rwanda you will need to obtain police clearance from your home country. We advise you to obtain police clearance before traveling as this may often take longer than expected.

Please note that you must hold a valid passport to enter Rwanda. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure. You do not have to wait until your old passport expires to apply to renew it.

Any time left on your old passport when you apply will be added to your new passport, up to a maximum of nine months.