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Rwanda opens its borders to the world


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Rwanda has confirmed that, from 1 January 2018, travellers from all over the world will be able to apply for a visa on arrival, without pre-application.

In a statement released by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration it said that citizens of all countries globally will now be able to get a 30-day visa on arrival under the newly introduced visa regime. Prior to this, only passport holders from African countries and a few other countries were getting visas upon arrival at Rwanda entry points. With some entrants required to pay a fee where applicable.

In addition, Rwandan citizens with dual nationality will also be able to use National IDs on entry, which will ultimately waive visa fees for Rwandans coming into the country travelling on foreign passports in possession of a Rwandan ID for countries that permit dual nationality only.

On a reciprocal basis, and with immediate effect, Rwanda will also grant visas free of charge and with a 90-day validity to countries including Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe. This is in addition to the existing visa-free policies for the Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa Member Community Partner States, Mauritius, Philippines and Singapore.

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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