Rwanda now offers visa on arrival from Jan 1, 2018

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Rwanda has announced a new visa regime that allows travelers from across the world to be issued a 30-day visa on arrival in Kigali, beginning January 1, 2018. Also to take immediate effect is the visa waiver for holders of diplomatic and service passports from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, India, Israel, Morocco and Turkey.

The first of its kind in Africa, the visa-on-arrival policy was approved by a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on November 8.

“Citizens of all countries will get a visa upon arrival without prior application, starting January 1, 2018. Before that, only nationals of African countries and few others were getting a visa upon arrival,” said a statement signed by Yves Butera, spokesperson of the Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration.

The current 30-day tourist visa costs $30. Under the new visa regime, citizens of Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe will be getting their visas free of charge on a reciprocal basis, with immediate effect. Its unclear but I assume the $30 fee stays for everyone else.

Anyways, less paperwork is a win for all!

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