Attention: As of 1st November 2014 Australian passport holders will be issued a visa upon arrival upon paying the visa fee (US$30), which is valid for 30 days. An invitation letter is no longer needed for Australian citizens.
If you have a passport that was not issued by Australia we recommend you contact the Consulate of Rwanda in the country your passport was issued (listed here) or check for further information on www.migration.gov.rw.
Do I need a Visa to enter Rwanda?
Yes. How you obtain this visa is outlined in the visa policy below.
Current Visa Policy as of 1st November 2014 (Read the policy communiqué here)
- Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America, shall get an entry visa and pay visa fee upon arrival at any Rwanda entry point without prior application. The entry visa fee is US$30, valid for a period up to 30 days. Nationals of the mentioned countries may also choose to get a visa online.
- East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) citizens chall continue to be issued with 6 months visitors passes (renewable) at entry points with no fee.
- Democratic Republic of Congo citizens will continue getting visitors visas for a stay not exceeding 90 days with no fee as provided by the CEPGL agreement.
- Nationals of Singapore, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Phillipines are exempted from entry/tourism visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
- Nationals of African countries not exempted from visa fee shall continue getting entry visa at Rwandan entry points.
- Nationals of countries not mentioned above shall get a visa upon application before travelling and pay a prescribed fee.
Does the entry visa permit me to work in Rwanda?
The entry visa does not permit you to work in Rwanda. For information about the types of temporary/permanent permits available visit https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=79.
Please direct all enquiries regarding Visa matters to:
H.E. Guillaume Kavaruganda, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda
High Commission of the Republic of Rwanda Singapore (Jurisdiction over Australia)
8 Temasek Boulevard
#14-03 Suntec Tower 3
Tel: +65 6884 4621
Fax: +65 6884 4206
Please note the Consulate General of the Republic of Rwanda in Australia does not issue Visas.
What immunisations and vaccinations do I need?
All travellers should visit either their personal doctor or a travel health clinic six to eight weeks before departure.
The following immunisations/vaccinations are compulsory for travel to all areas of Rwanda:
- Yellow Fever – The certificate is valid for 10 years and must be current. In certain cases a medical waiver can be given by your doctor if there is a valid reason not to be vaccinated.
The following immunisations/vaccinations are recommended for travel to all areas of Rwanda:
- Hepatitis A
- Malaria prophylaxis (with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline)
The following immunisations/vaccinations should be considered for travel to all areas of Rwanda:
- Hepatitis B
Please consult with your doctor for more specific advice.