Visas

HOW TO APPLY FOR A VISA

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)

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 delivery or first-class delivery return envelope in your application pack. 

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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 REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant should have a valid passport or another 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 valid passport for at least six months.
  • 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 and residence permit( if your host is not Rwandan) and/or confirmation of hotel accommodation booking.
  • Proof of payment (Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable) into High Commission Bank Account (see details below).
  • 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.
  • An applicant must have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Rwanda. Evidence for such funds may be requested online, at the Rwandan foreign mission 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 (4 working days for Travel Documents) 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-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 for the following
Nationals of the following will be issued a visa valid for up to 30 days on arrival without prior application: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America.
Fee =$30 USD on arrival.

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  Q1  Single  72hrs  £23.00
 Entry Visa  V1-S  Single  30 Days  £23.00
 V1-M  Multiple  90 Days  £46.00
 Tourist Visa  T2  Multiple  90 Days  £40.00
 Family Visa  T3  Multiple  90 Days  £40.00
 Diplomatic/Official Visa  T4  Multiple  90 Days  GRATIS
 Conference Visa  T6-1  Single  30 Days  £23.00
 T6-2  Multiple  90 Days  £40.00
 Business Visa  T7  Multiple  90 Days  £40.00
 Group/Tourist Visa (4-10 people)  T9  Multiple  90 Days  £77.00
 East African Travel Visa  T12  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.

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 (i.e. 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)

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