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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying for a Rwanda East Africa Tourist visa in Washington DC

1) All Travellers MUST show a negative Covid - 19 test result within 72 hours of departure, children under 5 are exempt.
2) A Passenger Locator Form will be required from each traveller before departure, your Covid-19 PCR test result will be uploaded while completing this form.
3) All travellers will be required to take a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival, you will also be required to quarantine for 24 hours at a government designated facility at your own expense until the test results are known.
4) All travellers who have traveled to India in the last 14 days will be required to quarantine for 7 days at a government designated facility at your own expense.
5) Land borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania are closed.

On March 31st 2014, The Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda announced the joint "East Africa Tourist Visa".
This new visa category was created to help promote tourist travel to these three countries. If you are traveling too all three or any combination of these countries you can apply for one visa to be valid for all three.
The East Africa Tourist visa will be valid for 90 days and good for multiple entries into any combination of the three countries, however the visa is only valid if you stay within the region (African Continent) if you leave the region the visa is no longer valid for a return to any of the three countries. You must apply for another visa before returning to Rwanda, Uganda or Kenya.
If you wish to apply for this visa you must apply with the first country you are entering into. If your first country is not Rwanda please click on Uganda or Kenya for instructions.



Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least one blank visa page. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If you do not have any blank visa pages in your passport, TDS can assist you in applying for additional pages. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.

Your Itinerary must show an entry into Rwanda and or Kenya / Uganda, if your flight itinerary does not show this please write a statement confirming your travel plans to Rwnada and or Kenya / Uganda. If you do not show entry into Kenya or Uganda the Embassy of Rwanda will only issue a single entry Tourist visa, not a Multiple entry East Aftrica Tourist Visa.


Vaccinations - A copy of your International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required.
A copy of your International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required to apply for your visa. You MUST carry your ORIGINAL certificate when traveling to Rwanda.



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Shipping Instructions

Please forward a printed copy of your order confirmation for a Rwanda East Africa Tourist visa for US Citizens and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
1010 Wisconsin Ave NW
STE #845
Washington, DC 20007

Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800

Urgent applications for a Rwanda East Africa Tourist visa should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

Once your order is complete, your Passport with the visa sticker/stamp will be returned to you via FedEx Overnight.

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Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $36.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $39.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
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