Visa

  • Announcement: Effective from August 1st, 2019, the Government of Rwanda has introduced a long term visa (V12) that is issued on a reciprocal basis to US Citizens who will go to Rwanda for visit, conference or any other reason other than work purposes. Once granted, this visa will be valid up to ten years. The holder of V12 visa will be  entitled to continuously stay in Rwanda for a period not exceeding 6 months, renewable upon valid reason.

Option 1

Through the Embassy in Washington DC: By submitting an application form to the Embassy in person or by post. If by post, please include a self-addressed recorded delivery or first-class delivery return envelope in your application pack.

Visa Requirements

    • Applicant must provide a valid passport for at least six months.
    • For Regular visa: The applicant must submit as expected completed application form in his/her own handwriting or in type
    • For East African tourist Visa: The applicant must submit as expected completed EATVapplication form  in his/her own handwriting or in type. Please note the EATV visa cannot be obtained upon arrival without prior approval.
    • The applicant is required to provide 2 colored passport photos– white background. All facial features must be visible, free from hair, hats or scarf.
    • A signed accompanying letter explaining the purpose for traveling to Rwanda.
    • A signed invitation letter with a copy of passport/ID and residence permit (if your host is not Rwandan) and/or confirmation of hotel accommodation booking
    • The applicant must provide proof of residence in USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.
    • Payment must be in money order, cashier check or bank draft Refundable. The embassy does not accept personal checks, credit cards or cash as means of payment.

Submission of documents in short of one or more of the above VISA REQUIREMENTS will cause a delay in the processing.

    • A stamped/prepaid, registered and self-addressed envelope must be included with an application submitted by mail. Alternatively, an applicant may arrange collection of their passport by a courier.
    • The visa process takes four (4) to (14) business days.
    • Send your application package to the Embassy of Rwanda in Washington DC for processing:1714 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20009.
    • NOTE: Due to an increased number of applicants, people are advised to give themselves enough time between the date of travel and application.
    • Visa fees: 30-day one month single entry visa-$30, 30-day one month Multiple entry visa -$50, (Embassy issues up to 90-day single or multiple visa. 31-60 days two months, $60 or $100 for Multiple, 61-90 days 3 months $90 or $150 for Multiple) East Africa Tourist Visa (Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya)$100.
      • No fees required for Official, Diplomatic and Service passports holders.
      • PLEASE NOTE IF APPLICATIONS ARE REFUSED, OR WITHDRAWN BY THE APPLICANT, FEES ARE NO REFUNDABLE.

Visa Exempt countries

In view of bilateral agreements, nationals of the following Countries may visit Rwanda without a visa for a period up to 90 days: Hong Kong, Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

East African Community Countries

Holders of EAC Partner States passports (Kenya and Uganda) shall be issued with 6 months (renewable) visitors pass upon arrival at no fee.

Visa issued on arrival

A visa valid for up to 30 days on arrival without a prior application will be issued to all citizens of any given Country including Travel Document (Temporally) holders.

Holders of US Travel Documents (Temporally Travel Document)

Applicants with the United States travel documents traveling for more than 30 days must obtain visas before traveling to Rwanda. Failure to obtain visas from the Embassy will result in refusal to board the plane to Rwanda.

Option 2

Apply for a single-entry visa online Here

Please note that all inquiries about online visa applications should be directed to the Directorate General of Immigration & Emigration in Kigali-Rwanda; www.migration.gov.rw

VE-1

SUB CLASS VE-1

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* A person who is a national or a resident of a country with which Rwanda has a visa waiver arrangement, who enters the country for any valid reason other than employment.

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued at entry point or embassy

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

*Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for 90 days

VE-2

SUB CLASS VE-2:  

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* A foreigner who transits through a Rwandan airport or other border post but is inconvenienced to continue his or her travel due to circumstances beyond his or her control such as change of flight schedule, bad weather conditions or any other valid reason.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued at entry point

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not permited

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

 * Not exceeding seventy-two (72) hours.

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

VC

SUB CLASS VC  

ELIGIBLE PERSON

*A crew member of an aircraft or boat at entry point

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued at entry point or embassy

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* A period of seventy-two (72) hours renewable

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

VP-1

SUB CLASS VP-1  

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* A citizen of East African Community Partner States.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued upon arrival at the border post.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid up to six (6) months

VP-2

SUB CLASS VP-2

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* Issued to a national of a country member of a regional organization or community with free visa other than the East African Community citizens

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued at entry point or embassy

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Validity is agreed upon at community or organizational level

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

VT

SUB CLASS VT

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* A person who transits through Rwanda.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* It is applied for upon arrival at border post, online or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General of immigration and emigration

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Fee of 30 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for a period not exceeding seventy-two hours (72)

V1

UB CLASS V1

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreigner who visits Rwanda for holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational or other short-term reasons other than work purposes.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* This visa is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at immigration and emigration office, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 50 USD for single entry

* 70 USD for multiple entries

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single or multipleentry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* VALID FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY (30) DAYS FOR SINGLE ENTRY OR OF NINETY (90) DAYS FOR MULTIPLE ENTRIES.

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

V2

SUB CLASS V2

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign who wishes to visit a family member or a close relative who resides in Rwanda.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* This visa is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at immigration and emigration office, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 50 USD for single entry

* 70 USD for multiple entries

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single or multiple entry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* This visa is valid for a period of thirty (30) days for single entry or of ninety (90) days for multiple entries

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

V3-1

SUB CLASS V3-1 

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign diplomat visiting Rwanda for official purposes.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at immigration and emigration office, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

*valid for a period of thirty (30) days

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

V3-2

SUB CLASS V3-2

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign diplomat accredited to Rwanda who regularly visits for official purposes

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* At the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* Free of charge

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Multiple entries

WORK

* Prohibited

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* It is valid for a period of two (2) years

VISA EXTENSION

* It is renewable up on application

V4

SUB CLASS V4 

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign skilled worker who is seeking employment and whose skills are on the occupations on demand list.

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* At the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 75 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Multiple entries

WORK

* Work is not allowed

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* VALID FOR 90 DAYS

V5

SUB CLASS V5

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreigner who intends to enter Rwanda for conference, meeting, workshop or any other related activity.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* This visa is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at the Directorate General, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 50 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not permitted

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for thirty (30) days.

V6

SUB CLASS V6

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign prospective investor, entrepreneur or trader who visits Rwanda to explore available business opportunities

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* Issued at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence, at immigration and emigration office or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 50 USD for single entry

* 70 USD for multiple entries

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single or multiple entries

WORK

* Work is not allowed

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for a period of ninety (90) days

VISA EXTENSION

* Renewable once

V7

SUB CLASS V7

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreigner who enters Rwanda for medical treatment or medical consultation confirmed by a recognized medical practitioner. It is also issued to his or her foreign care attendant.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* It is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at immigration and emigration office, the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 30 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

* Work is not allowed

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for a period of ninety (90) days

VISA EXTENSION

* Renewable

V8

SUB CLASS V8

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreigner who is travelling as a member of a group of four (4) to ten (10) tourists.

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* This visa is issued at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence, online or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General. It may also be issued at entry point upon showing prior approval by the Directorate General.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 150 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Single entry

WORK

·            Work is not allowed

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for a period of thirty (30) days.

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

V9

SUB CLASS V9

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign investor, board member or representative of a multinational company who does not reside in Rwanda but has significant business activities in the country and needs to regularly visit his or her activities.

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* At the directorate general of Immigration and Emigration head quarters

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 200 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Multiple entries

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Valid for a period of two (2) to ten (10) years renewable

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended up on application

V11

SUB CLASS V11

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* This visa is issued to a foreign tourist who intends to visit countries signatories to the agreement on the establishment of the East Africa Tourist Visa and its revenue sharing or any similar agreement.

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* This visa is issued upon arrival at the border post, online, at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence or at any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 100 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Multiple entries

WORK

* Work is not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* Its validity, usage and number of entries depend on the agreement between concerned parties.

VISA EXTENSION

* May be extended in exceptional circumstances

V12

SUB CLASS V12

ELIGIBLE PERSON

* Long-term visitor visa is issued on a reciprocal basis to a foreigner who visits Rwanda for visit, conference or any reason other than work purpose

DEPENDENTS

* Not allowed

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* This visa is issued at the office of a diplomatic mission of Rwanda in the applicant’s country of residence, at the Directorate General or any other place as may be determined by the Directorate General.

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

* Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.

VISA FEES

* 160 USD

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE ENTRIES

* Multiple entries

WORK

* Work is not allowed

CHANGE OF STATUS

* Not allowed

VISA VALIDITY

* This visa is valid for a period that may be up to ten (10) years

VISA EXTENSION

* Renewable up on application

  • The Embassy of Rwanda in the U.S. regrets to inform its clients that there are several websites that have been selling fraudulent visas to unsuspecting victims. The only two websites that can guarantee you authentic online visas aremigration.gov.rw and irembo.gov.rw.  While cybersecurity officials look into the matter, we ask you to exercise caution in the visa process to avoid being a victim to these websites.

  • To all citizens of the world, effective 1 January 2018, Rwanda will grant you a 30-day visa upon arrival without prior application. Read the full announcement here  and welcome to Rwanda!