Passports and Visas

Foreign Nationals wishing to obtain Rwandan Visas, submit their applications to Rwandan Embassies or Diplomatic Missions of their Country of residence for processing. In the case of those coming from countries where we don’t have an Embassy or Diplomatic Mission, they should request for an entry facility on line which will be used to obtain a visa on any official point of entry in Rwanda. Our website is

A valid passport with visa is mandatory. In view of the bilateral agreements, nationals of the following countries may visit Rwanda without visa for a period up to 90 days: USA, UK, Germany, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sweden, Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong. Visas can be applied for here or bought upon arrival.

Categories of Visas

The Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration issues the following visas:

  • Entry visa: available online only, issued for a single entry on any official point of entry in Rwanda, valid for 15 days and renewable by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration up to 90 days maximum
  • Transit visa: duration 2 days
  • Visitors’/ tourist visa: issued by Rwandan Embassies and renewable at Migration office
  • Resident visa with work permit/business-working: renewable and multiple entry
  • Resident visa without work permit
  • Permanent visa: multiple entries

General conditions to obtain Rwandan visas

The applicant should have:

  • A valid Passport
  • Application letter specifying type of visa required
  • A recently taken passport size photo (4cm x 4cm)
  • A complete filled application form

NB: Police clearance from country of residence within the last six months is required when applying for resident visa