How to apply for a working visa in Rwanda

How to apply for a working visa in Rwanda
How to apply for a working visa in Rwanda

How to apply for a working visa in Rwanda

Most nationals are required to apply for a visa in order to enter and stay in Rwanda. Visa to Rwanda are issued on arrival or from Rwandan Embassies. Optionally you can apply online at the official website of the DGIE which is or the Government portal only.

There is no single affiliated Agent that is authorized to apply for visa on your behalf. Such Agents may mislead you and charges more than the visa fees.

The visa fees must not exceed 30 USD for single entry visa. Refer to the following ling to know the standard rates of visa fees at

Permits for working in Rwanda are split into a number of different categories as follows; first, they are split between temporary and permanent work permits. There are various different types of permits available, depending on the reason for your stay in Rwanda. For example, there are five types of different temporary permits that describe different natures of employment:

  1. A skilled worker on an occupation on demand (H1)
  2. A skilled worker sponsored by an organization (H2)
  3. Journalist or media (H3)
  4. Semiskilled or artisan workers (H4)
  5. International Organization employees (H5)

In addition, there are many more permit categories available for different purposes, from student passes to investor or entrepreneur permits.

Entry visa

A single entry visa shall be issued to the following:

  1. A foreigner who wants to visit Rwanda for any purpose other than work and is not a citizen of Hong Kong, Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore and Democratic Republic of Congo.
  2. A person from any country who wants to enter Rwanda to seek a visa appropriate to the purpose of their stay. The purpose is other than visit, holiday, sightseeing, or recreation.

Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa fee (USD 30) upon arrival without prior application.

Crew pass

A crew pass shall be issued to to crew members. It shall be valid for 72 hours renewable once.

Visitors pass

A visitor’s pass is issued to a citizen of East African Community partner States at the border post at no cost. It is free of charge and it’s given at border post by simply showing your valid travel document.

The visitor’s pass allows a person to enter for 6 months and if they wish to stay longer they must seek appropriate class of residence permit after they have entered Rwanda.

Citizens of Uganda and Kenya can enter the Rwandan territory by showing their national ID card.


  1. Pay visa fees
  2. Submit a visa application
  3. Obtain your passport with approved visa



  1. Visa application form
  2. Original visa payment receipt
  3. Visa request letter
  4. Passport Photo
  5. Proof of identity
  6. Resident permit application tracking number

Extension of visa

Application for visa extension is submitted at Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices.   Detailed requirements are set out in the Information for applicants for each class of visa. Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.

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