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FAQs about How to Apply for the 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 the Democratic Republic of Congo. The service is provided by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) office.

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the CEPGL Travel Document;

  1. How much do I pay for the CEPGL travel document application?

The price is Rwf 1,000 Frw/USD 1 for Rwandans, and Rwf 10,000/USD 10 for foreigners. 

  1. Do I need an IremboGov account to apply for the CEPGL travel document?

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

  1. How do I create an Irembo account?

To create an Irembo account, click here

  1. What are the requirements needed to apply for the CEPGL travel document?

Rwandan applicants, who are 16 years and above, should have their national ID while those who are minors have a child ID or no document. Foreigners should have a passport and other supporting documents such as a student card/work contract/commercial register, a valid phone number, email address or both.

NOTE: Attachments differ depending on the Nationality Type for adults and on the Minor Category for minors. 

  1. What is the size of attachments allowed to be uploaded on IremboGov?

The size of attachments allowed is: 

  • A scannedScanned copy of the National ID has to be 500kb, format pdf 

  • A scanned passport photo has to be 200kb, format jpg

  • A scanned signature has to be 50kb, format jpg

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

  1. Do I need to pick up my CEPGL travel document from the collection office I chose during the application process? 

Yes, you will pick up the hard copy at the collection office you chose in the application process.

  1. What is the validity of the CEPGL travel document?

The validity is 6 months for Rwandan nationals and 3 months for foreign expatriate residents in Rwanda. 

  1. What is the processing time of the CEPGL travel document application?

The processing time of the CEPGL travel document is 1 day. 

  1. I lost my CEPGL travel document. Do I apply for a new CEPGL travel document?

No, you should apply for the replacement of the CEPGL travel document 

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