#AfriTravel: Rwanda to offer visa on arrival for all nationalities

2017-11-21 11:20 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Making #AfriTravel even smoother, Rwanda has announced that, from 01 January 2018, nationals of all countries will be able to get visas upon arrival without prior application.

The decision comes at a time when many African countries are moving towards visa-free and visa on arrival options that allow for ease of access across borders.

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South Africans will have to pay $30 (R423.61 @R14.12/$) for a visa on arrival in Rwanda.

However, Rwanda says it will grant visas free of charge with 90-day validity to visitors from Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tomé and Principe. This is in addition to the Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa Member Community Partner States, Mauritius, Philippines and Singapore. This is based on a reciprocity and takes immediate effect.

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According to a statement from Rwanda's Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration, the country is introducing a visa waiver, effective immediately, for some diplomatic and service passport holders from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, India, Israel, Morocco and Turkey.

There's also a 90-day visa on arrival available for travellers from the COMESA (The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) region, subject to payment of visa fees.

Rwandans living abroad with dual nationality are now allowed to use National IDs on entry, while foreign residents must use their Resident ID cards for entry.

On its website, Rwanda's Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration states that "Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa ($30) upon arrival without prior application".

For standard rates of visa fees, click here.

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