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How to Apply for a Visa

This service allows users to apply for a visa. In Rwanda, an entry visa can be applied online or upon arrival for people coming from anywhere in the world. This service is provided by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE).

A visa’s processing time is 7 days and the price depends on the visa type. 


  • Applicants with or without an Irembo account can apply for this service. 

  • Applicants should have a nationality and document type.

  • Applicants should know the visa type they are applying for.

  • Attachments differ depending on the “Visa Type.” Common attachments are the application letter, a copy of the passport biodata page, and a photo with a white background.

  • List of visa classes that can be extended: 

    • SUBCLASS V1 (Holiday) and SUBCLASS V2 (Family Visit): valid for 30 days on a single entry and 90 days for multiple entries.

    • SUBCLASS V3-2 (Accredited Diplomat): valid for 2 years.

    • SUBCLASS V4 (Job Search): valid for 90 days.

    • SUBCLASS V6 (Prospective Investor, Entrepreneur, or Trader): valid for 90 days.

    • SUBCLASS V7 (Medical Treatment): valid for 90 days. 

    • SUBCLASS V9 (Itinerant Business): valid from 2-10 years. 

    • SUBCLASS V12 (Reciprocity): valid for 10 years and is renewable. 

    • SUBCLASS V10 (Bridging Visa): validity that’s not exceeding 90 days may be extended in exceptional circumstances. 

Follow these simple steps to apply for a visa:

1. Visit and under Immigration and Emigration, click on Visa Application. 

2. Choose “Visa Application” under the Request Type and Click on Apply.

Note: For applicants who are already in Rwanda and want to extend their stay in Rwanda, please don’t apply for a visa but rather apply for the “Renew Visa” service. 

3. Enter the Applicant Details. Payment for this type depends on the visa type. 

4. Enter the Demographic Details.

5. Enter the Request and Travel DetailsThe Collection Office is automatically set depending on the applicant’s resident details.

6. Attach all the required documents in the right format and size. 

  • Photo with white background (Format: JPG, Size: 500KB)
  • Copy of passport biodata page (Format: PDF, Size: 500KB)
  • Application letter (Format: PDF, Size: 500KB)

7. Click on Next to proceed.

8. Verify that the information is true, enter the phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click Submit

9.  A billing number/ID (99….) will be generated for payment. Applicants can pay using MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, BK App, BK Branches, BK Agents, or pay online using VISA or MasterCard.

NOTE: After applying and successfully paying via IremboGov, the applicant receives a status update notification from the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.

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