A new Immigration law has introduced different classes of Visas and residence Permits to cater for different purposes of visiting, working, or residing in Rwanda. Each category of visa or permit shall have a corresponding fee.
In view of the bilateral agreements, the Nationals of the following Countries may visit Rwanda without visa for a period up to 90 days: USA, Germany, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong and Burundi.
*The visitor’s visa should not be used for employment.
Eligible Person: This sub-class of visa shall be issued to:
(A) A foreigner who wants to visit Rwanda for any purpose other than work and is not a citizen of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
(B) A person from any country who wants to enter Rwanda to seek a visa appropriate to the purpose of their stay. The purpose is other than to visit for a holiday, sightseeing, or recreation.
An Entry Visa only allows a person to enter for 30 days and if they wish to stay longer they must, after they have entered Rwanda, seek another class of visa.
The Rwanda High Commission in Ottawa issues the following visas:
1.V-1 Entry visa category
Class V-1 (m) Multiple Entry Visa: 60$ CAD
2. Q-Transit Visa category
Q-1 Transit visa: 30$ CAD. Single entry. Validity period of 72 hours.
3. Tourist Visa category
T2-Tourist : 50$ CAD. Multiple entry. Validity period of 90 days.
T3-Family: 50$ CAD. May be up to Multiple entry with convincing evidence. Validity period up to 90 days.
T4-Official Diplomat: The Application should be accompanied by a letter from the Applicant's government, or the international organization which employs him/her, stating the purpose of the visit and its duration.
Visa fee: Gratis/free of charge. Validity: For up to two years. Single or Multiple Entry: Multiple entry Work or no Work: Work is permitted for the purpose of the visit, which must not exceed 90 days at a time.
T7-Business: 50$ CAD. Multiple entry. The validity is 90 days. May be extended once at the Immigration office in Rwanda.
T8-Medical Treatment: 20$ CAD. The validity period is 90 days with Multiple entry. Applicants must be able to confirm:
* Appointment to a public health facility or private clinic signed by the competent medical practitioner of that facility;
* They have realistic plans to return to their home country.
T9-Group Tourist: 100$ CAD per group of 4 to 10 people. A person who is traveling as a member of a group of four to ten tourists individually or organized by a tour operator. A tour operator is a tour or travel agent registered to operate in Rwanda. Persons eligible for this visa will be required to enter Rwanda with other members of the group and exit Rwanda as members of the group. If applicants anticipate entering Rwanda separately as individual visitors should apply for another class of tourist visa. A group visa will be issued for each member of the group. Tour operators should lodge an application covering all members of the group at the same time using the online facility or at Embassies. Tour operators lodging applications will be held liable for the information they provide on behalf of applicants.
Visa Extension: Visitor visas may be extended up to a maximum length of stay of 180 days. Applicants shall apply to the Director General for an extension. Applications must be made whilst the current visa remains valid. Tour operators would apply for an extension for the whole group at the one time.
- Application letter addressed to the Director General of Immigration and Emigration;
- Applicant's passport: valid for six months on the day of entry;
- One clear colored passport size photo with white background recently taken, without glasses, caps and scurf (the photo should be attached to the application form by use of glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable);