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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying for a Rwanda Transit visa in Washington DC

All travellers transiting through Rwanda must complete a Passenger Locator Form before departure, present a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at their own expense. Transiting travellers who are not leaving the airport and those who are staying at the designated transit hotels for less than 24 hours are exempt from taking the COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

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.
Please write the first and last name of the applicant in pencil on the back of the photos.
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Applicants are required to have a confirmed onward booking from Rwanda to a third country or other acceptable plans to depart Rwanda within 72 hours of arrival.
Applicants must have correct documentation for entry to that third country.
Transit visas may only be extended in exceptional circumstances. In such exceptional circumstances a new transit visa will be issued for up to a further 72 hours.
Work is not permitted on a transit visa.
Dependants must apply in their own right.
Vaccinations - A copy of your International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required if you are arriving from a Yellow Fever infected country.

A copy of your International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required to apply for your visa if you will be arriving in Rwanda from an infected area. 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 Transit 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 Transit 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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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $36.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $39.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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