What is eVisa to Rwanda
The Rwanda eVisa is an online visa that the Rwandan Government introduced in 2018. The visa is issued to citizens of all countries around the globe who wish to travel to Rwanda and enter the country by air through the international airports in Kigali or all Rwandan border entry points.
The introduction of the eVisa system in Rwanda was supposed to facilitate the entire process of getting a visa as it entirely eliminated the need to visit the embassy or consulate.
Travelers can choose between four types of electronic visas available which all cover tourism and business-related purposes and can be issued either as single-entry or multiple-entry permits.
To obtain the Rwanda eVisa delivered straight to your email inbox, you will need to fill out the online application form, upload supporting documents if necessary, and cover the processing fee. The fee may vary depending on the selected visa type as well as your nationality.
Do remember to submit your eVisa application at least 3 business days prior to the planned trip.
Rwanda eVisa types
There are four types of Rwanda eVisa that one can apply for, i.e.:
- single-entry eVisa: allowing one entry to Rwanda and a 30-day stay in the country;
- conference eVisa: issued as a single-entry visa for a 30-day stay; it covers business-related activities, such as business meetings, conferences, contract negotiations, etc.;
- multiple-entry eVisa: its holder can travel to Rwanda numerous times within a 90-day validity period;
- East Africa Online Visa: a perfect solution for those who wish to travel to Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda holding only one visa; the visa is issued as a multiple-entry visa to all the said countries; its holder can use it only for tourism-related purposes; the visa remains effective for 90 days.
Rwanda eVisa requirements
The most crucial document without which a Rwandan online visa application cannot be completed is your valid passport. Make sure that it will not expire for at least 6 months from the date of your planned arrival in Rwanda.
Moreover, apart from your valid passport (bio-data page), you should also take a photo of your face – you can take it using your PC or phone camera. *
*The face photo is necessary only if applying for a conference eVisa or the East Africa Online Visa.
eVisa Rwanda application form
Applicants wishing to apply for a Rwanda visa online need to complete a simple and very intuitive 3-step online application process.
Start by gathering the required documents and then go to the application form where you will need to follow these steps:
- Fill out the online form: put all the necessary details including your personal and passport data, contact information, and travel purpose. Upload the supporting documents and make sure that all the provided details are error-free bearing in mind that any single mistake could extend the processing time of your visa.
- Cover the processing fee: choose the most convenient method of online payment and pay the service fee.
- Check your email address: shortly after covering the service fee, go to your email address and check for the confirmation email. The approved eVisa to Rwanda will be delivered to your email inbox as well as soon as it is approved by the Government of Rwanda.
Please do remember to download the received eVisa in a PDF format, print it out and take its copy for your trip to Rwanda.
eVisa Rwanda validity
In the case of all available types of Rwanda electronic visas, the validity period starts on the date you selected as your entry date in your visa application form.
The single-entry visa and conference visa remain effective for 30 days from the date selected as the entry date. In turn, the multiple-entry visa and the East Africa Online Visa are issued for 3 months (90 days) with the validity starting from the first visit to Rwanda.
Who needs an eVisa to Rwanda
Luckily, a citizen of every country in the world is eligible for a Rwanda eVisa application.
Make sure your passport will remain valid for at least 6 months from the date you plan to enter Rwanda and start the process of getting your eVisa even today!
To transit through Rwanda, you do not need to have a visa as long as you plan to stay within a designated transit area.
Should you need to exit the transit zone, you will need to have an appropriate entry permit.
Please contact directly your airlines to find out more about the transit visa procedure.
When will I receive my eVisa to Rwanda?
Your eVisa to Rwanda will be sent to your email address as soon as it is approved by the Government of Rwanda. Make sure to refresh your email inbox to not miss an email containing your visa confirmation. In most cases, it should take a few business days to receive the visa approval via email.
Do I need to print a Rwanda eVisa?
Yes, you do! Please print your eVisa once it arrives in your email inbox. Also, make sure to take its physical version to cross the Rwandan borders since its digital copy may not be accepted.
What if my eVisa to Rwanda is not approved?
Should you receive the Rwanda eVisa rejection, don’t hesitate to contact our visa consultants immediately. They will try to find the solution to your problem and do their best to successfully submit your application. Also, double-check the information provided when applying online as maybe you’ve made some mistakes that you hadn’t noticed earlier.
How long can I stay in Rwanda with an eVisa?
It depends on the Rwanda eVisa type you apply for. Single-entry eVisa allows staying in
Rwanda for up to 30 days, while a multiple-entry eVisa covers a 90-day stay in the country.
What is the validity of the Rwanda eVisa?
The Rwanda eVisa can be valid for either 30 or 90 days – a single-entry and multiple-entry, respectively. The validity period of the visa starts always on the date indicated by the applicant – it should be the date when they plan to arrive in Rwanda.
Do children need an eVisa for Rwanda?
eVisa for Rwanda should be obtained by every traveler planning to visit this country. This requirement applies to every person irrespective of their age. However, underage travelers cannot apply on their own – an application should be made by their parents or legal guardians.
What must I have to apply for an eVisa Rwanda?
You just need to prepare your passport and ensure it will not expire for at least 6 months from the date you plan to enter Rwanda. Moreover, you may also need to upload your face photo when requesting a conference online visa or an East Africa online visa.
What is the processing time for an eVisa to Rwanda?
Every applicant should know that the application for Rwanda eVisa should be submitted at least 3 business days before the planned travel to receive the visa approved on time. Please, however, bear in mind that the real waiting time is at the total discretion of the Rwandan Government and may be extended for various reasons which are beyond our control.