Rwanda set to issue visas on arrival for all visitors


Rwanda is set to open up its visa on arrival programme to visitors from every country, starting from January 1, 2018.

The move is part of the East African Nation’s plans to establish itself as one of the region’s most attractive tourist destinations. The change would mean visitors from every country in the world can visit Rwanda for up to 30 days without needing a visa prior to arrival.

Rwanda welcomes the world

Rwanda’s current visa on arrival system means citizens from African nations and a select number of other countries can acquire a 30-day visa upon arrival. While citizens from some African nations, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines can enter Rwanda without a visa at all.

Rwanda already enjoys the reputation of being one of the world’s most open countries in visa openness index publications. However, the East Africa nation is planning to expand this even further by qualifying visitors from all countries for its visa on arrival regime.

Global visitors in 2018

A communique released by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration outlines the proposed changes.

“30 days visa upon arrival – Citizens of all countries to get visa upon arrival without prior approval, starting 01 January 2018. Before that, only African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.”

Some visitors will need to pay a fee as part of the process, which might vary depending on the citizenship of certain visitors. For nationals of Australia, Germany, Isreal, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States of America, the fee for a 30-day visa on arrival will be $30.


Featured image: By Roland, CC BY-SA 2.0,

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.