Visa to Rwanda
Visa to Rwanda; A visa is a recommendation on a passport that shows that a person (owner of the passport) is allowed to enter, leave, and stay for a specified period of time in a country. Unlike in some countries like Uganda where some nationals are expected from purchasing a visa for them to enter that specific country. In Rwanda foreigners regardless of your nationality, you require to be in possession of a visa and those exempted from it is only for a specific period of time that is 90 days. These exceptional countries include Angola, Benin, Burundi, CAR, Chad, DR Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Mauritius, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Sudan, Tanzania & Uganda.
For tourists in possession of a diplomatic passport from China, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Israel, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates, they do not need a visa to enter Rwanda.
Visa in Rwanda are specifically bought at Rwandan embassies or you can apply online on the official website directorate general of immigration and emigration (DGIE) which manages matters related to immigration of foreigners in Rwanda and also online on the government portal. According to Rwanda’s rules, no agent is authorized to apply for a visa on the behalf of a foreigner intending to enter Rwanda.
Visas in Rwanda are issued at the time of arrival at entry points for example airports, authorized offices at borders. Rwanda visas come in different types and this case of visiting Rwanda as a tourist you need a tourist visa and they also come in different kinds and at different prices which include.
- A single entry tourist visa goes for USD 30 valid for 30 days.
- A single entry conference visa costs USD 30 and is valid for 30 days.
- A multiple entry business visas cost USD 50 and are valid for one year.
- The East African Tourist Visa allows tourists to enter Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, costs USD 100 and is valid for 90 days.
NOTE: These visas are not supposed to be used as a pass for employment, it is very illegal to stay in Rwanda with no valid visa which can lead to imprisonment or fined a sum of money as penalty. The application for a visa extension and renewal should be done days before it expires to avoid penalties, As per Article 34 of the Ministerial Order establishing procedures and regulations penalty of FRW 20,000 is fined for a delay of 6 to 15 days.
Purchase for a visa to be successful you need to fulfill the requirements of directorate general of immigration and emigration (DGIE) which is in charge of matters concerning immigration. These requirements include.
- All tourists must poses a valid passport with at least one or two empty pages. The pass port should be valid for at least six months. For Kenyans and Ugandans they are allowed to use a national ID card instead of a passport to enter Rwanda.
- Two passport photographs with white background and both ears in view.
- A tourist should have a valid Yellow fever certificate from a recognized medical institute
- A visa applicant must have sufficient funds to cover the costs of to be incurred during his time of stay in Rwanda. Evidence for such funds like a bank statement may be requested at the High Commission or at the entry point
- Proof of payment into High Commission Bank Account
- Return flight confirmation and copy of an itinerary
Due too many applicants it is advisable to apply for a visa at least two months before travelling day