Tourism: Rwanda changes Visa Regime, Now offers 30 day Visa on Arrival to all Countries


The Rwandan Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration has announced it will commence the issuance of visa on arrival to all nationals of all countries with effect from 1st of January 2018.

Before that, only nationals of African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.

According to a statement from the office of the directorate of Immigration and Emigration, Rwanda, the issuance of the new visa regime followed the approval of the country’s cabinet.

The statement says:

“Reciprocity: Rwanda will grant visa free of charge with 90 days validity to the following countries on reciprocal basis: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe. This is in addition to Democratic Republic of Congo, East African Member Community Partner States, Mauritius, Philippines, and Singapore. This takes immediate effect.

“Visa waiver for diplomatic and service passports-The government of Rwanda has entered into Visa Waiver Agreement for holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports with, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, India, Israel, Morocco, and Turkey.

“30 days visa upon arrival-Citizens of all countries to get visa upon arrival without prior application, starting 01 January 2018. Before that, only nationals of African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.

“COMESA Member state to get 90 days visa upon arrival- Citizen of COMESA member state to get 90 days visa on arrival (on payment of the prescribed fee) as provided by Article 4 of the COMESA Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Labour, Services, Right of Establishment and Residence. Rwanda ratified the protocol on 13th July 2016. Currently, citizens of COMESA member state were getting 30 days on arrival as other holders of African Passport.

“Rwandans living abroad with dual nationality allowed to use national IDs on entry-waive visa fee to Rwandans travelling on foreign passports in possession of a Rwandan Identity Card for countries that permit dual nationality only. Initially Rwandans travelling on a foreign passport in possession of valid Rwandan passport were the only granted visa free on arrival.

“Foreign residents to use their Resident ID cards for entry- returning residents holding valid residence permits with corresponding resident cards will be allowed to use them on entry, including electronic gates (Automated Passenger Clearance System) at Kigali International Airport”

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