Rwanda Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes No/1
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes/1
USA Yes Yes No/1

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Passports

A passport valid for six months from the date of entry is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter Rwanda.

Visas

Visas for Rwanda are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except:

1. Nationals of Germany, Sweden, the UK and the USA for stays up to three months.

All travellers require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Travellers who are also visiting Kenya and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East African cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Rwanda.

Visa note

A single-entry visa on arrival is only available to nationals who do not have a Rwandan embassy or consulate in their country. If this applies to you, visit www.migration.gov.rw to request a visa online. 

Types and cost

Single-entry visa: £20; multiple-entry visa: £35. East African tourist visa: £65.

Validity

Single-entry visa: one month; multiple-entry visa: three months; East African tourist visa: multiple entries within three months.

Transit

Transit visas are valid for 72 hours.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy/high commission) or online via www.migration.gov.rw.

Working days

Allow 24 hours for visa processing.

Sufficient funds

All visa applicants must be able to show proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your visa, you must apply to the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration in Kigali before your current visa expires. You are given a period of grace whereby you can leave the country up to five days after your visa expires without penalty. Beyond five days, you risk paying a fine and being refused a further visa. 

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Rwanda
Telephone: 2525 56000. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/rwanda Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1200 and 1300-1700; Fri 0800-1200.
Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in the USA
Telephone: (202) 232 2882. Website: http://www.rwandaembassy.org
Rwanda High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 722 49 832. Website: http://www.rwandahc.org

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