Global Visa Free To Rwanda, Effective 1st January 2018

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The earlier announced global visa free entry into Rwanda kicks off tomorrow  the 1st of January 2018. The Rwandan government announced in November that citizens of all countries of the world are allowed to come to Rwanda without first getting a visa.

This is how it is stated, “to all citizens of the world, effective 1 January 2018, Rwanda will grant you a 30-day visa upon arrival without prior application.” Before that, only nationals of African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.

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Indeed, Welcome to Rwanda!

A communique released by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration said citizens of all countries the world over could enjoy 30 days visa on arrival under the regime. With some entrants required to pay a fee where applicable.

Rwanda already has such a system in place for all African countries and a number of countries outside the continent. The country is reputed as one of the most open in visa openness index publications.

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The November 16, 2017 document read in part: “30 days visa upon arrival – Citizens of all countries to get visa upon arrival without prior approval, starting 01 January 2018. Before that, only African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.”

The new visa regime also touched on other areas like visa reciprocity for specific countries whose citizens get free visas with 90 days validity. The countries in question are Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe.

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