How to apply for a Rwanda entry visa while traveling to Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills

To obtain a Rwanda Visa, one should submit their well filled in applications to the Rwandan Diplomatic Missions back in their home Country. However in case there is no Rwanda Diplomatic Mission or consulate in your country, then you can apply for the Visa Online on  After 3 working days you will receive an email approving your  Rwanda Visa application. You can then present the Letter on arrival and get a visa after paying a visa fee  of $30. If you are on a safari combo that combines Rwanda with other East Africa countries like Uganda or Kenya, then we would recommend that you Obtain the East Africa Visa which costs USD 100.

Visa Information and Applications

Whoever is interested in traveling into Rwanda, you should have a valid passport or any other internationally acceptable travel documents, that, in theory, include a visa equivalent to his or her intent behind entering into this country acquired ahead of time from the closest embassy of Rwanda abroad.

A Visa is needed by all visitors traveling into Rwanda excluding nationals of South Africa, the United States of America, Uganda, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Germany, Burundi, Sweden, Tanzania, Hong Kong as well as Kenya.

The Consular office is always opened for visa applications as well as collections from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Visa Applications Requirements
  1. All Applicants should present a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  2. Applicants have to present appropriately completed one (1) visa application form (pdf) in your own hand writing or one that is in type.
  3. The Applicant has to present two passport photos with a white background showing both ears clearly.
  4. Present a Signed associated letter detailing the reason for your entering Rwanda.
  5. Present An invitation letter together with / or confirmation of your hotel accommodation reservation.
  6. Proof of payment (which is Non-Refundable or Non-Transferable) to the High Commission Bank Account.
  7. A stamped or prepaid, registered as well as self addressed envelope should be included together with an application that was submitted through mail. On the other hand, an applicant could organize to collect their passport through a courier.
  8. Holders of UK Travel Document – UN Convention of 1951 are advised to present the above together with proofs of the address in form of a present bank statement or a current utility bill.
  9. Processing of a visa takes 24 hours (while processing of Travel Documents takes 48 Hours) for a complete file.
  10. Please Keep in Mind that due to the escalating number of applicants, you are advised to offer the authorities adequate time between your date of application and the travel date.
Rwanda Visa
Visa Fees
Visa Application Fees

Depending on your travel plans, choose the best visa choice available. Please note that Visa application fees are non refundable. Please find below visa fees for different travelers.

  • Transit Rwanda Visa Cost USD 30
  • Single Entry Costs USD 30
  • Multiple Entry Costs USD 50
  • Tourists Visa Costs USD 30
  • Family Rwanda Visa costs USD 50
  • East Africa Tourists Visa Costs USD 100
  • Conference Visa  Single Entry Costs USD 30
  • Conference Visa Multiple Entry Costs USD 50