Rwandan Immigration to Issue Visa on Arrival for All Visitors

November 18, 2017

As part of the recent Cabinet resolution, travellers from across the world will from January 1, 2018, receive a 30-day visa upon arrival following the establishment of a new visa regime.


The move, which is set to increase Rwanda's openness and accessibility to the rest of the world, is part of a new visa regime.


Previously, only African passport holders and a few other countries could receive Rwandan visa on arrival.


On reciprocal basis, Rwanda reinstated payment of visa fee upon arrival to citizens of Hong Kong that were getting free visa upon arrival. It comes after Hong Kong re-introduced visa requirements to Rwandans since April 29, 2016.


The new visa regime will also see Rwandans living abroad with dual nationality use their IDs on entry. This will waive visa fees for Rwandans coming into the country traveling on foreign passports.


Previously, Rwandans traveling into the country on a foreign passport were only granted visa free entry only if they were in possession of a valid Rwandan passport.


The new visa regime will also enable foreign residents in the country use their resident ID cards for entry. Previously foreigners living in Rwanda would have to produce their passports on entry into the country.

According to a brief by the directorate general of Immigration and Emigration, Rwanda will, with immediate effect, grant a free 90 day visa on reciprocal basis to the following countries: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe.


This is in addition to DR Congo, East African Member Community Partner States, Mauritius, Philippines, and Singapore.



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