Rwanda Entry Requirements

Rwanda Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Turkey Yes Yes Yes
Other EU countries Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland Yes Yes Yes
Austria Yes Yes Yes
Germany Yes Yes Yes

Passport information

Generally required, must still be valid for 6 months when you leave the country.

Visa information

Generally required. Nationals of the following countries listed in the table above may apply for a single entry visa for a maximum stay of 30 days either on arrival or online from the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration: (a) Germany, Austria and all others EU countries; (b) Switzerland; (c) Turkey.

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Note on the visa

Since the beginning of 2014 there has been a common visa for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, the East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV). This common visa is issued upon arrival at airports in Kenya. It allows multiple entries and costs US$100/CHF100. It is recommended to apply for this visa at the relevant consular post before travelling. In the past, when applying for a visa at the airport, there were often long waiting times and difficulties because payment of the visa fee was often only accepted in US dollars.


Visa on arrival: US$30 (€27) (also payable in Euros and by credit card) (single entry). Online Visa: US$30. Note: Minors under the age of 16 traveling with their parents/guardians will receive their Rwanda visa free of charge.

Visa types and costs

Tourist, business, transit, and joint Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda visas.


Up to 3 months; Visas can be extended at the immigration authorities in Kigali.


Transit travelers who fly on with the next connection and do not leave the transit area do not need a transit visa. Upon arrival (US$30 and valid for 30 days) or online.

Application required

(a) 2 completed application forms (can be downloaded from the website of the relevant diplomatic mission). (b) 2 passport photos with white background. (c) Passport valid for at least 6 months upon departure and copy of passport. (d) 1 Visa Application Letter. (e) Proof of booked itinerary. (f) Visa fee (by bank transfer with original stamped receipt). (g) Letter of invitation for non-tourist trips. (h) Letter of secondment for non-tourist trips. If applying by post, a stamped, registered return envelope must be enclosed.

Processing time

About 1 week

Documents required upon entry

Proof of a valid yellow fever vaccination is required if entering the country from a WHO yellow fever endemic area.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport. Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Rwanda Entry Requirements