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A valid passport and visa are required to visit Rwanda. Tourists are eligible to apply for a traditional visa, which is a stamp inside the passport, or they can apply for an e-Visa, which is an electronic visa and can be obtained online without submitting the original passport. To apply for a traditional Rwandan tourist visa, please see Tourist Visa Requirements. To apply for a Rwandan e-Visa, simply fill out Travisa’s online request form.
Submit the online Rwanda e-Visa Online Application.
The Rwanda e-Visa is for tourist visits only. This visa is issued and stored electronically. The traveler will not receive any document in the mail; the e-Visa will be sent as an attachment (via email).
Learn more about the Rwanda e-Visa.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in Rwanda
The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).
A valid passport and business visa are required for travel to Rwanda.
Send these documents to Travisa
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Rwanda, with at least one blank passport page available for Rwandan visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Rwanda visas.
Rwanda Visa Application Form:
One signed Rwanda visa application form plus one copy.
Two recent, identical, 2 x 2 passport photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.
OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
Letter Of Invitation from Rwanda:
A letter of invitation from the host company or sponsor in Rwanda explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel to Rwanda. In addition, the letter must indicate the length of stay, place of stay, and host’s name and contact information.
Letter from employer or sponsoring company in the US, on company letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant's employment status/position held in the company, and clearly stating the purpose of visit to Rwanda. The business letter must also indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant and must provide detailed contact information in Rwanda.
Proof Of Departure:
Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets.
A yellow fever vaccination is required. While the embassy does not require the applicant to supply proof of vaccination in order to apply for a visa, immigration at Rwanda airport may require proof of vaccination.
Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
Click here for Rwanda Consular Fees and Visa Processing Times
In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).
Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.
A valid passport and tourist visa are required to visit Rwanda.
A letter of intent outlining the applicant's purpose of travel to Rwanda, the length of intended stay, name of places to be visited, contact information, and accommodation information in Rwanda.
An East Africa visa is for travel within the Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Kenya and Republic of Uganda; movement is permitted between these three countries with a single visa. If applying for an East Africa visa through the Consulate of Rwanda, then Rwanda should be the first destination of arrival in East Africa.
Tourists are eligible to apply for a traditional visa, which is a stamp inside the passport, or they can apply for an e-Visa, which is an electronic visa and can be obtained online without submitting the original passport. To apply for a Rwandan East Africa e-Visa, submit the online Rwanda e-Visa Online Application.
Or, to apply for the traditional visa stamp -
A tourist visa is required to travel to Rwanda. Please refer to Travisa’s Tourist Visa information for Rwanda.
After arrival the applicant will be required to obtain a Permit Class 1 for approved religious activities, from the Director General of Immigration and Emigration in Rwanda. The documents below are required for the acquisition of the Permit Class 1 for religious purposes.
One original Rwanda visa application form per applicant properly completed on-line, printed and signed, plus one copy. Improperly completed Rwandan visa applications may delay the processing of your visa.
The application should be made at the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.
One recent 2 x 2 passport photograph, in color, front view (without glasses, caps or scarf), and with a plain/light background. The photo should be attached to the application form by glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable.
Original document indicating Police Clearance from the country the applicant has lived in for the last 6 months.
Rwanda Visa Validity:
Rwanda Permit Class 1 visas can be issued for multiple entries and permit a stay of up to two years, at the discretion of the Embassy of Rwanda. This permit may be extended.
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