Visas

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT ON 10TH MARCH 2020: NEW VISA POLICY FOR RWANDA (Click for Details)

PLEASE NOTE ALL VISA PAYMENTS MADE BEFORE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A VISA

Please note citizens of all countries will be granted 30-Days single entry visas on arrival without prior application. Please see Visa Fee Waivers for the list of countries exempt from paying visa fees.

Option 1 –  Apply for a visa online HERE
(Please note that all enquiries about online visa applications should be directed to the Directorate General of Immigration & Emigration in Kigali-Rwanda; www.migration.gov.rw. We do not handle online applications at the High Commission.)

Option 2 –  Apply for visas by completing an application form and submitting it to the High Commission in person or by post. If by post, please include a self-addressed, recorded/special delivery return envelope in your application pack. 

  • DOWNLOAD VISA APPLICATION FORM>>  
  • DOWNLOAD EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA APPLICATION FORM>> 

Authorisation to allow someone to pick up a passport on your behalf:

  • Provide a notarised letter.
  • Provide a copy of I.D.
  • Provide a proof of address.

VISA FEES

These are fees for processing of applications. If applications are refused, or withdrawn by the applicant, refunds of fees will not be made.

TYPE OF VISA Code ENTRIES VALIDITY PRICE
Transit Visa VT  Single  72hrs  £25.00
Entry Visa  V1-S  Single  30 Days  £41.00
Entry Visa  V1-M  Multiple  90 Days  £58.00
Family Visa V2-S  Single  30 Days  £41.00
Family Visa  V2-M  Multiple  90 Days  £58.00
Job Search  V4  Multiple  90 Days  £41.00
Conference Visa V5  Single  30 Days  £41.00
Business V6-S  Single  30 Days  £41.00
Business V6-M  Multiple  90 Days  £58.00
Medical Treatment  V7  Multiple  90 Days  £25.00
Group/Tourist Visa (4-10 people  V8  Multiple*  90 Days  £123.00
East African Tourist Visa  T-12  Multiple*  90 Days  £77.00

The maximum and minimum period of validity of a visa, and number of entries are set out in the Information for Applicants for each visa class above.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant MUST submit a valid passport or other acceptable travel document.
  • The document must have a validity of at least 6 months on the day of entry in Rwanda.
  • Applicant must provide a photocopy of the passport or travel document.
  • Applicant must submit duly completed one (1) visa application form in his/her own hand writing or in type.
  • Applicant is required to provide two passport photographs with white background and both ears in view.
  • Signed accompanying letter explaining the purpose for travelling to Rwanda.
  • An invitation letter with a copy of passport/ID of the inviting party (if your host is Rwandan), or copy of residence permit (if your host is not Rwandan). If you will not have a host in Rwanda, you need to provide a confirmation of hotel accommodation booking.
  • Proof of payment (Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable) into High Commission Bank Account (see details below).
  • Return flight confirmation/copy of return itinerary.
  • A prepaid, recorded and self addressed envelope must be included with an application submitted by post. Alternatively, an applicant may arrange collection of their passport by a courier.
  • An applicant must have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Rwanda. Evidence for such funds may be requested at the High Commission or at the entry point.
  • UK Travel Document (UN Convention of 1951) holders are requested to provide the above along with proofs of address in the form of a current bank statement or current utility bill.
  • A vaccination certificate may be required at the border post. In the event of a major disease outbreak, specific requirements could be set and put to the knowledge of the public.
  • The visa process takes 3 working days for a complete file.
  • NOTE: Because of the increased number of applicants, we advise applicants to allow themselves enough time between the date of application and the date of travel.

VISA-EXEMPTION

Visa Fee Waivers

  1. Citizens of countries members to the following international organisations; African Union, Commonwealth and La Francophonie – Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Comoros, Congo, Cyprus, Dominica, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gabon, Grenada, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Kiribati, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Maldives, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saharawi republic, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Trinidad and Tobago, Sant Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe – get visa upon arrival and are waived visa fees for a stay of 30 days.
  2. Citizens of countries that do not pay entry visa fees while travelling on Ordinary Passports – The following countries to be granted 90 days valid visa free of charge: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic republic of Congo, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore and the State of Qatar.
  3. Citizens of countries that do not pay entry visa fees while travelling on diplomatic and service/official passports – The following countries have entered into Visa Waiver Agreement or made unilateral decision to allow holders of Diplomatic and Service/Official Passports to enter without visa requirements – including to pay for visa fees: Angola, Benin, People’s Republic of China (including Public Affairs passport), Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Indonesia, India, Israel, Haiti, Mauritius, Mozambique, Morocco, Namibia, Philippines, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The visa will be valid for 90 days.
  4. Rwandans living abroad with dual nationality allowed to use national IDs on entry – Rwandans living abroad are waived with the visa fees while travelling on foreign passports in possession of Rwandan Identity Card.
  5. Foreign residents to use their resident ID cards for entry – returning residents holding valid residence permits with corresponding resident cards will continue to be allowed to use them on entry, including using electronic gates (Automated Passenger Clearance System) at Kigali International Airport.
  6. Children below the age of 16 years old travelling with their parents – Children below the age of 16 years travelling on foreign passports with their parents traveling on foreign passport in possession of a Rwandan identity Card will not be required to pay for entry visa.

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East African Community Countries
Holders of EAC Partner states passports (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and South Sudan) shall be issued with 6 months (renewable) pass/entry visa upon arrival at no fee.
Visa Issued on Arrival for the following
Effective 1st January 2018, Citizens of all countries will be granted 30-Days single entry visas on arrival without prior application. Citizens of countries not listed above can still get a visa upon arrival without prior application and will pay a prescribed visa fee. Fee = 50USD.

Extension of a Visa or Changing Visa Class Once in Rwanda: 

Some visa classes may be extended. Details are set out in the Information for applicants for each class.
Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.

A grace period of 5 days after a visa has expired is allowed for a person to either depart or renew their visa without a penalty, otherwise the person will be subjected to a penalty and may be refused a visa extension.

Change of status for some classes:

Once in Rwanda, a visitor may apply to the Directorate General of Migration and Immigration for another class of visa whilst their current visa remains valid.

For the group tourist visa change of status is not permitted. Information for applicants for the particular visa class will state if change of status is permitted or not.

Payment for Visa Application

The High Commission DOES NOT accept/process payment by cash, postal orders or cheques for visa applications. All payments must be made by bank transfer, online transfer or direct deposit to the Rwanda High Commission Consular Account using the details below:

NOTE: All applications must be submitted with a proof of payment. This can be: Payment receipt, payment confirmation, cash deposit receipt from our bank, transfer receipt from your bank, screenshot of online banking transfer with amount, date and account information visible (i.e. sort code and account number)

Bank Account Details;

Account Name: Rwanda High Commission

Bank Account Details for Rwanda Visas A/C No: 23389012

Sort Code: 60-83-03

IBAN: GB95GTBI60830323389012 | SWIFT Code: GTBIGB2L

Address: GT Bank, 62 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TF.

Please use applicant’s name as payment reference

For East African Tourist Visas:

Bank Account Details for East African Tourist Visas A/C No: 23389014

Sort Code: 60-83-03

IBAN: GB95GTBI60830323389014

Address: GT Bank, 62 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TF.

Please use applicant’s name as payment reference