Whoever is interested in traveling into Rwanda, you should have a valid passport or any other internationally acceptable travel documents, that, in theory, include a visa equivalent to his or her intent behind entering into this country acquired ahead of time from the closest embassy of Rwanda abroad.
A Visa is needed by all visitors traveling into Rwanda excluding nationals of South Africa, the United States of America, Uganda, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Germany, Burundi, Sweden, Tanzania, Hong Kong as well as Kenya.
The Consular office is always opened for visa applications as well as collections from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.
All Applicants should present a passport valid for at least 6 months.
Applicants have to present appropriately completed one (1) visa application form (pdf) in your own hand writing or one that is in type.
The Applicant has to present two passport photos with a white background showing both ears clearly.
Present a Signed associated letter detailing the reason for your entering Rwanda.
Present An invitation letter together with / or confirmation of your hotel accommodation reservation.
Proof of payment (which is Non-Refundable or Non-Transferable) to the High Commission Bank Account.
A stamped or prepaid, registered as well as self addressed envelope should be included together with an application that was submitted through mail. On the other hand, an applicant could organize to collect their passport through a courier.
Holders of UK Travel Document – UN Convention of 1951 are advised to present the above together with proofs of the address in form of a present bank statement or a current utility bill.
Processing of a visa takes 24 hours (while processing of Travel Documents takes 48 Hours) for a complete file.
Please Keep in Mind that due to the escalating number of applicants, you are advised to offer the authorities adequate time between your date of application and the travel date.
Visa Exempt Countries
Listed Below are the countries that don’t need visas to enter Rwanda. However they must have passports valid at least for 6 months.
Burundi, Maritius, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Uganda, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa and Sweden.
Payments for Visa Applications
The High Commission no longer accepts money, postal orders or even cheques for the visa applications.
Whoever is applying for a visa must pay or transfer online the money into the account of the Rwanda High Commission Consular and personally submit or post the documents showing proof of payment.
For Multiple Entry valid for three months: Visa Fee £35.00
For Single Entry valid for one month Visa Fee £20.00
Multiple Entry -V-1(m)/Transit visa – Visa Fee £40.00
Group Tourism, six to ten people entering together who plan to enter and leave on same date: Visa Fee £65.00 This works for Rwanda safari tours.
East Africa Tourist Visa, Multiple Entry into Rwanda, Uganda plus Kenya which is Valid for three months: Visa Fee £65.00
Below are the Bank Account Details;
Rwanda High Commission Consular Account
A/C No: 23389012
Sort Code: 40-62-54
SWIFT Code. GTBIGB2L
Bank Address: GT Bank, 62 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TF
How to apply for a Rwanda Visa
There are two ways you can apply for a visa
Option One: download a Visa application form – PDF to personally present to the mission or through post
Option Two. You may apply for a single entry visa over the internet.
In order to obtain a Visa to Rwanda, you are required to submit your applications to the Embassy of Rwanda or Diplomatic missions in your country of residence so that processing starts straight away.
In the case of those coming from countries where Rwanda has an Embassy or Diplomatic Mission, they should request for an entry facility on line which will be used to obtain a visa on any official point of entry in Rwanda. Our website is www.migration.gov.rw
In view of the bilateral agreements, the Nationals of the following Countries may visit Rwanda without visa for a period up to 90 days: USA, Germany, Canada, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden, Hong Kong and Burundi.
The visitor’s visa should not used for employment.
For more, visit the website of Rwanda Directorate General of immigration and Emigration