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How to Apply for a CEPGL Travel Document

The CEPGL travel document is issued to a Rwandan or a foreigner, legally residing in Rwanda, allowing him/her to travel to member states of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries which are Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo. The service is provided by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) office.

The validity of this document for Rwandan nationals is 6 months and 3 months for foreign expatriate residents in Rwanda. The processing time for this service is 1 day.

Rwandan nationals (adults & minors) pay 1000 Rwf or 1 USD while foreigners pay 10,000 Rwf or 10 USD


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

  • Adult Rwandan nationals (above 18 years) should have a national ID number.

  • Rwandan Minors between 16 years and 18 years should have a national ID number.

  • Rwandan Minors below 16 years should have the Citizen Application Number. 

  • Rwandan Minors below 16 years without the child application number can still apply for the service.

  • Foreigners should have a passport number. 

  • Attachments differ depending on the Nationality Type for adults, and on the Minor Category for minors. 

  • Attachments should fulfill the following:

  • Scanned copy of National ID has to be 500kb, format pdf

  • Scanned passport photo has to be 200kb, format jpg

  • Scanned signature has to be 50kb, format jpg

  • Other documents have to be 500kb and pdf format only.

  • Applicants should have a valid phone number, email address, or both. 

Follow these simple steps to apply for a CEPGL Travel Document: 

  1. Visit and under Immigration and Emigration, click on CEPGL Service. 

  1. Select the service “CEPGL New Application,” and click on Apply


  1. Choose who needs this service; whether the applicant is a Rwandan or a foreigner.

  • If the applicant is a foreigner (adult & minor), he/she enters the passport number.

  • If an applicant is a Rwandan above 18, he/she enters their national ID.

  • If an applicant is a Rwandan below 18, he/she enters the Citizen Application Number.

  • If the applicant is a Rwandan below 18 and doesn’t have a Citizen Application Number he/she enters their information as well as their guardian’s information.

  1. Fill in the Applicant Details and the details will be retrieved and displayed on the right side of the page.

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

    1. Attachments depend on the Nationality Type

    2. For Rwandan minors, attachments depend on the Minor Category.

  2. Click on Next to proceed. 

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

  2. billing Number/ID (88…) will be generated for payment, Click Pay

  3. Applicants choose the mode of payment: offline (MTN, Airtel, or BK) or online (Visa or MasterCard). For more information about payment modes, click here.

NOTE: After applying and successfully paying via IremboGov, the applicant receives a feedback notification from the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration informing them to visit their office for further instructions about their application. 

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