Traveling with the Rwanda passport

In the global Henley's Passport Ranking, Rwanda ranks 86th. It means Rwandan passport holders have a low mobility score. They can travel to 36 visa-free countries.

In this article, you will find a detailed Rwanda passport visa-free countries list and a list of destinations accessible with an online visa or a visa-on-arrival.

Learn about the advantages of visa-free traveling and decide whether to choose any of the destinations you are eligible to visit with only a passport.

Visa-free travel gives an opportunity to explore new places and meet interesting people

Traveling without a visa allows Rwanda travelers to be more flexible and spontaneous.

If they wish to explore new countries, they may just check what interesting places they can find on a visa-free countries list and enjoy unlimited time trips that give many options to meet interesting people and explore places where they live.

How to apply for a Rwanda passport 

The Rwanda passport application looks similar to application procedures in other countries.

In the beginning, applicants fill in a form and provide supporting documents. Next, they cover a passport fee and wait for the passport issue.

These are the main documents Rwandan citizens applying for a passport must submit to the relevant authorities:

  • Passport application form
  • Applicant's face photographs
  • ID Card
  • Copy of residence permit
  • Rwandan identification document
  • Passport requesting letter addressed to Director General of Immigration and Emigration

An application may be submitted online; however, the applicant must provide biometric data in person.

What are the advantages of traveling visa-free for Rwandan citizens?

One of the great advantages of traveling without a visa is that you don't have to visit embassies or consulates or stand in lines and fill out forms.

You can just pack your bags and go. It can be a great time-saver, particularly if you're planning to travel to multiple countries.

Moreover, you are not limited by visa maximum stay duration, the number of entries, or accepted purposes for travel, so your journey has a chance to be even more spontaneous.

Traveling without a visa can also help you avoid potential delays and complications, and finally, you save both time and money for formalities connected with the visa application.

36 visa-exempt countries where Rwanda passport holders can travel

Visa-free countries with a Rwanda passport

  • Angola
  • Barbados
  • Benin
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Singapore
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Palestine
  • South Ossetia
  •  Transnistria
  • Cook Islands
  • Niue
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Islands

Rwandan citizens holding a valid passport may also travel to a list of 30 countries accepting an on-arrival visa and 17 destinations available with an electronic visa.

Visa on arrival countries

  • Cambodia
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Madagascar
  • Laos
  • Bangladesh
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Palau
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Somaliland
  •  Macau

Electronic visa countries

  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Djibouti
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Suriname
  • Cambodia
  • Ethiopia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Madagascar
  • Laos
  • Ascension Island
  • Saint Helena


Where to check if your destination is a visa-free country?

You can go to an embassy or a consulate in person and ask for a visa-free countries list. If you prefer searching for information on the internet, you will certainly find that information on the embassy's website.

What to do if you travel to a non-visa-free country?

Check if your passport is valid and apply for a visa. Make sure you submit a visa application early enough and that you receive your visa in time.

If you want to avoid delays, double-check the information completed in the application form, as mistakes will not be accepted.

Tips for preparing for travel to a country that requires a visa

There are a few things every applicant should remember when preparing to travel to a non-visa-free country:

  • First, apply for a visa well in advance.
  • Second, check if your passport will stay valid for at least 6 months after arrival at your travel destination.
  • Third, keep the passport and the visa by yourself for the entire travel.
  • Finally, pay attention to the correctness of data completed in the form to avoid rejection of the application.

How important is researching the visa requirements of each country before traveling?

Different countries let foreigners into the country according to their visa policies. Thus every traveler should check visa requirements before international travel to avoid complications at the border.

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