Consular & Visa

Visa Information & Applications

The Consular office is open for visa applications and collections from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5.00pm

Visa Requirements
• Applicant must provide a valid passport for at least six     months.
• Applicant must submit duly completed one (1) visa application form (pdf) in his/her own hand writing or in type.
• Applicant is required to provide two passport photographs with white background and both ears in view.
• Signed accompanying letter explaining the purpose for travelling to Rwanda.
• An invitation letter and/or confirmation of hotel accomodation booking.
• A Valid Criminal Record Certificate
• The visa process takes 3 working days (4 working days for Travel Documents) for a complete file.
• NOTE: Because of the increased number of applicants, people are advised to give themselves enough time between the date of travel and application.

Visa Exempt Countries
Below is the list of countries that DO NOT require visas to visit Rwanda. Please note that all must hold a valid passport for at least six months.
• Burundi
• Democratic Republic of Congo
• Germany
• Hong Kong
• Kenya
• South Africa
• Sweden
• Singapore
• Uganda
• United Kingdom
• United States of America
• Tanzania
• Maritius

Visa Application Payments

Payment Options: There are two payment options "cash at consulate"or "bank payment" (Bank payment info is below)

How to apply for a Visa?
Option 1. Click here to download a PDF Visa application form to submit to the mission in person or via post and for East Africa Tourist Visa; EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA APPLICATION FORM.pdf and RWANDA VISA APPLICATION.pdf
Option 2. You can apply for a single entry visa online.
Click here to apply for a Visa online

(Please note that all enqueries about online visa applications should be addressed to the Directorate General of Immigration & Emigration in Kigali-Rwanda; www.migration.gov.rw)
Authorization allowing someone to pick up a passport:
• Provide a notarized letter.
• Provide a copy of I.D.
• Provide a proof of address.


Legalisation of Documents

The Consular office is open for notary services and collection of legalized documents from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m - 5 p.m Legalization is carried out to certify a document or documents so that they will be recognised by the legal system of a foreign country in this case Rwanda and this mostly applies to International Commerce. Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a Turkey public document is genuine. Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a Turkey document to be used for official purposes in their country (RWANDA). For any documents to be legalized/authenticated, these are the requirements: The documents are required to have a signature and seal from a Notary Public to verify to the authorities in Rwanda that the relevant checks have been carried out. We require that the documents are then further authenticated by the Turkish relevant offices Foreign as the are the only authority competent to issue an Apostille (the official certificate attached to the document) The documents then have to be reviewed and approved by our consular staff. Please provide a copy of your passport , Proof of Payment of $85.00 and Proof of Ownership i.e. for letter of Power of Attorney or Proxy (Commercial Purposes only) Please Note: The person receiving the documents also has to show proof of identification to be considered.


Marriage Registration

Embassy of the republic of Rwanda welcomes Rwandans and other nationalities who wish to celebrate their civil marriage in accordance with Rwandan marriage Law. The Embassy of the republic of Rwanda is a legally recognised office of registrar for marriages by the Government of Rwanda.

An appointment is required to give notice of marriage at our consular office. Please telephone 0090 507 512 27 09 to make an appointment.

You must both attend at consular office in person to give your Notices of Marriage.

A Notice of Marriage is the legal preliminaries to a civil marriage whereby each party to the proposed marriage must attend in person before a Registrar and declare that they are legally free to marry and produce certain documents.

A fee of $15.00 is payable into the consular.

Both of you must be 18 years old or over.

You will need to produce your passport as proof of your nationality. Either one or both of you must be Rwandan national. If either of you are NOT a British, and you do not have Diplomatic Status, a Certificate of Right of Abode or are visiting armed forces, you are subject to immigration control according to immigration law in Turkey. You must produce your passport as proof of your nationality which must contain either:

a marriage visitor VISA

an appropriate VISA

a fiance(e) VISA

Or a /Residence Permit from the Turkish relevant authority.

You must also provide proof of residency e.g. recent utility bill or bank statement

Authenticated deed for the proof of settlement of the dowry to the family of the fiancée.

You must both provide “attestation de celibat”.

If either of you have been married before, you will need your original final divorce/dissolution papers bearing the court's original stamp*. If divorce/dissolution papers are not in Kinyarwanda or English, you must provide a translation in addition to the original documents. If you are giving notice and following your divorce, you have reverted back to your maiden/previous name (which is different to that on the decree absolute); then your previous marriage certificate will be required to confirm the original name. Please ask when you make your appointment booking if you think that this may apply to you. *Copies of divorce/dissolution papers can be obtained from the Rwanda, Turkish court where the decree absolute was granted.

If your husband or wife died, a certificate of their death must be produced. If your name does not appear anywhere on that death certificate, then we will require to see your previous marriage certificate to confirm your relationship to the deceased.

Other documents may also be required depending on your circumstances. For example, any change of name documents such as deed poll or change of name deed.

Please Note On the day of the wedding, you will need to bring with you at least two other people who are prepared to witness the ceremony and sign to that effect (if an interpreter is required they must act as a witness).

Your marriage cannot go ahead unless the legal formalities have been completed. Notice of marriage must be given in person to the Registrar by you and your partner. No one else can do so on your behalf.

Our consular office is open at the following times: Monday to Friday – 9.30am until 5.00pm


Press & Accreditation Cards

MHC Regulation concerning issuance of press cards in Rwanda

Given the Constitution, in article 34;

Pursuant the Law N° 22/2009 of 12/08/2009 GOVERNING THE MEDIA; in articles 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10, and 11;

Pursuant the Law N°30 /2009 of 16/9/2009 CONCERNING THE MISSION, ORGANISATION AND FONCTIONING OF THE MEDIA HIGH COUNCIL (MHC) in article 6, paragraphs 5, 6 and 7;

After consultations with stakeholders, these requirements and procedures for broadcasting content licensing in Rwanda are hereby adopted by the Board of Directors and signed by the chairman of the Media High Council Board:

General provisions

Conditions for issuance and withdrawal of the press card in Rwanda.

In applying the provisions of Law N° 22/2009 of 12/08/2009 governing the media, the present regulation specifies the conditions for issuance and withdrawal of the press card in Rwanda.

Only the press agency or media enterprise may apply for the press card to be used by a journalist it has employed to the MHC Management.

Conditions for issuance of the press card to freelance journalists

Freelance journalists (including all who fit in this category) are required to apply to the Media High Council Management for authorisation to practise their profession, whereupon the latter shall issue the required press card subject to the conditions stipulated in articles 3 and 4.

The decision of denial of consent with respect to issuance of the press card may be the subject of an appeal lodged in the relevant court of law.

Requirements for the issuance of press cards to Rwandan journalists.

Basic provisions with respect to the application

In addition to the application, for all applicants the press agency or media enterprise should provide the following:

1. Detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant or beneficiary of the application;

2. Police clearance;

3. Two colour passport photographs;

4. ID statement;

5. Photocopy of the employee ID card of the would-be recipient of the press card;

6. Payment voucher for the press card, issued by the Rwanda Revenue Authority;

7. Certified copy of degree certificate or other academic qualifications in the field of journalism.

Cost of the press card

The cost of the press card is seven thousand Rwandan francs (Rwf 7,000) payable to the Rwanda Revenue Authority. Renewal of the same card shall also cost seven thousand Rwandan francs (Rwf 7,000).

Publication of the list of recipients and of conditions for withdrawal of the press card

The list of those who fulfil the requirements for obtaining the press card shall be displayed at the office of the Media High Council. Any journalist whose name is included on the list may obtain his or her press card upon presentation of a receipt or bank deposit slip corresponding to the amount specified in article 4.

Validity of the press card

The press card shall be valid for a renewable period of three (3) years.

Prescribed period for issuance of the press card

The press card shall be issued within a period of fifteen (15) days with effect from submission of the application. Should the application be unsuccessful, the same prescribed period of time shall apply (with respect to the applicant receiving a response).

Requirements for issuance of accreditation cards to foreign journalists

Basic provisions of the application to be submitted by foreign journalists

Before being granted a press card, all foreign journalists are required to provide the following to the MHC Management:

1. Two colour passport photographs;

2. One copy of the passport;

3. One copy of the visa. This does not apply to those to whom, by virtue of their nationality, the visa requirement does not apply;

4. Technical specifications of the equipment carried by the applicant;

5. One copy of the press card issued in the country of origin;

6. A payment voucher for issuance of the said card; the former is to be issued by the Rwanda Revenue Authority. This does not apply to those who are exonerated from this requirement by virtue of the ministerial decree issued by the Minister in charge of Information.

The cost of Accreditation card

A foreign Journalist requesting an accreditation card shall pay as follows to Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA):

- US $ 30 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda for between one to fifteen days

- US $ 50 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda for between fifteen to one month ;

- US $ 100 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda for between one to three months ;

- US $ 200 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda during three to six months ;

- US $ 300 for journalists wishing to stay in Rwanda during six months to one year.

The renewal of the accreditation costs the same as initial cost of the card except otherwise established by the MHC.

Prescribed period of time for issuance of the press card to foreign journalists

The press card shall be delivered within a period of twenty four (24) working hours for those whose length of stay does not exceed one month, and seven (7) working days for those whose length of stay exceeds one month. Should the application be unsuccessful, the same prescribed period of time shall apply (with respect to the applicant receiving a response).

To be valid, the application should fulfil all the requirements stipulated in the previous article.

All foreign journalists are required to send an online application for the accreditation card to the Media High Council Management 48 hours before applying for their visa. In this case, the Media High Council Management shall respond within 24 hours. Should the application be successful, the Media High Council Management shall send a provisional letter of acceptance which will facilitate the application for a visa.

Conditions that call for temporary withdrawal of the press card

Initiative to have the press card temporarily withdrawn.

Upon the request of the press agency or media enterprise, or upon the initiative of the Media High Council Board of Directors, the latter may temporarily withdraw the press card from the concerned journalist in the following cases:

1. Serious and wilful breach of provisions of the Media Law or journalistic code of ethics;

2. Incapacity of a journalist to practise his or her profession, with documented proof from a qualified medical practitioner;

3. Loss of employment with the press agency or media enterprise that applied for the press card.

Prior to withdrawal of the press card, the journalist shall be given an opportunity to defend him or herself.

In the case of conviction on criminal charges, the relevant court may order the Media High Council Board of Directors to temporarily or permanently withdraw the press card.

Any journalist who has ceased to practise the profession is required to return the press card within a period of seven (7) working days.

Conditions under which a previously withdrawn press card is returned

Reasons for the return of the press card

Upon consideration of the reasons for the withdrawal of the press card; the press card shall be returned to the owner on the basis of the following:

1. Confirmation of recovery from the illness that had impeded the practising of the profession, with documented proof from a team of qualified medical practitioners;

2. Commencement of employment within another press agency or media enterprise;

3. End of the disciplinary sanction incurred.

Section 5: Conditions for permanent withdrawal of the press card

Causes of permanent withdrawal of the press card

The Media High Council Board of Directors shall, of its own initiative or upon request, permanently withdraw the press card of any Rwandan or foreign journalist found guilty of the following offences:

- Crime

- Any offence that amounts to divisionism and discrimination.

Entry into Force

The present regulation enters into force with effect from the date of signature, and shall be published in the National Gazette of the Republic of Rwanda.

Application Procedure

Please follow the link given below;

Press accreditation application

On behalf of the Media High Council Chairman

Mr. Arthur ASIIMWE


Film Shooting Authorisation in Rwanda

You must obtain permission to film anywhere within Rwanda, please contact the local issuing authority below:

Ministry of Sports and Culture, P.O BOX 1044, Remera-Kigali, Rwanda. Email:info@minispoc.gov.rw.


Police Clearance Certificate

Please read the list of requirements carefully.

Requirements:

Written request for a Criminal Record Clearance Certificate to the Prosecutor General, National Public Prosecution Authority, P.O BOX 1328 Kigali-Rwanda, stating the name, date of birth, place of birth, date and length of stay and place where the applicant lived, worked or studied in Rwanda. Applicant must also provide details of their nominated key contact person in Rwanda.

Duly completed form(click here to download the form;Criminal Record Clearance).

Two colour passport-sized photo with white background and both ears in view.

Photocopy of valid passport.

Proof of legal stay in the Republic of Turkey.

Proof of Current Address.

A fee $85.00 is payable into the consular.

Self-addressed, pre-paid (special delivery or recorded) envelope for the return of your document.

Consular office is open for submission and collection of documents:

Monday -Friday

09.30am – 05.00pm


Application for Emergency Travel Documents

Please read the list of requirements carefully.

Requirements:

Duly filled application form in CAPITAL print (issued on arrival at Rwanda Embassy in Turkey)

Completion of Declaration form regarding the loss of a passport or other travel document;

Certified photocopy of passport, (only if damaged or expired);

Two (2) colour passport-size photographs with white background and both ears in view

Certified copy of Birth Certificate;

Copy of police report in case of lost passport;

Copy of flight ticket;

Copy of Rwandan Passport.

The Emergency Travel Certificate is only valid for five days from the date of issue including weekends and public holidays. Hence, all applicants are STRONGLY advised to apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate at least two (2) days prior to travel date. The Emergency Travel Certificate must be surrendered to the Immigration Officer at the point of entry in Rwanda.

Requirements for a Minor born in Turkey:

Copy of flight ticket;

Copy of the passports of parents;

Copy of the birth certificates of parents;

Copy of Rwandan National Identity card of parents. If either parent is not a Rwandan citizen, a copy of the Rwandan parent should still be provided;

Certified copy of Birth Certificate;

Two (2) colour passport-size photographs with white background and both ears in view

Biological parents of the Minor should make the application IN PERSON.

Note: Consent by either both parents or guardian in respect of minors:

Consent: Minors must produce the written consent of either their both parents or their guardians, as the case may be, before they may be granted an ETC. The required consent, with certain exceptions, by the parents or guardians must be submitted to the High Commission in WRITING.

Exceptions: If one of the parents is deceased, this fact must be stated. Where the consent is given by the guardian the circumstances of guardianship are to be stated. If, as a result of special circumstances (e.g. the absence of a parent) it is not possible to complete the certificate, written consent in some other form (e.g. a letter from the absent parent) will be accepted. If a parent (or guardian) withholds his/her consent or if for some sound reason such consent cannot be obtained an explanation should accompany the application. Any court order in respect of the custody of the child must be forwarded with the explanation. Each case will be considered on its own merits.


Rwandan Nationality Information

1. NATIONALITY BY BIRTH ON RWANDAN TERRITORY

A birth certificate;

A certificate of identity;

Document certifying that his/her parents were legally residing in Rwanda at the time of his/her birth;

A certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings (police clearance);

A photocopy of passport if any;

A certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she reside in Rwanda;

A fee is $85.00 payable into the consular.

Two colored passport photographs with a white background;

Any other proof that the applicant was born in Rwanda;

To fill correctly the application form below.

You can dowload application form by clicking here.

2. NATIONALITY BY MARRIAGE

A birth certificate ;

A marriage certificate ;

A certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

A copy of a passport and/or a copy of certificate of registration as a foreigner;

Birth certificates of minor children born before or after the marriage to the Rwandan spouse and establishing the lineage with the two spouses;

A fee is $85.00 payable into the consular.

Two coloured passport photographs with a white background;

Justification of shared common marital life for the three (3) years through a certificate issued by the register of civil status at the place of their marriage or his/her residence;

Rwandan identity card for the spouse on the day of marriage or any other justification of her Rwandan nationality;

To fill correctly an application form above.

3. NATIONALITY BY ADOPTION

A birth certificate;

A certificate of adoption issued by competent authority;

Copy of the identity card of the adopter.

4. NATURALISATION

A birth certificate ;

Birth certificates of his/her children under 18 years old;

A copy of the passport and a certificate of registration as a foreigner;

A certificate of his/her occupation/activities in the country issued by the District authorities where he operated from;

A certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

A fee is $85.00 payable into the consular.

Two coloured passport photographs with a white background;

To fill correctly an application form above.

5. NATIONALITY OF RWANDAN ORIGIN

A birth certificate;

Proof in writing that they were living in a place known as Rwanda;

Bring at least 2 Rwandans who know him/her as a Rwandan;

A fee is $85.00 payable into the consular.

Two coloured passports photographs with a white background;

To fill correctly an application form above.

6. REQUIREMENTS FOR RENOUNCING RWANDAN NATIONALITY

An application letter explaining the reason of renounce nationality;

Handing over of the identity documents and travel documents issued while he/she was Rwandan;

Proof of acquisition of another nationality;

A certificate proving that the applicant is not subject to legal proceedings in Rwanda;

A fee is $85.00 payable into the consular.

Two coloured passport photographs with a white background;

To fill correctly an application form below.

You can download the application form by clicking here

7. REQUIREMENTS FOR RECOVERY THE RWANDAN NATIONALITY

A declaration stating the reason the application of the recovery of the nationality;

A birth certificate;

A proof that the applicant was a Rwandan;

A document proving that he/she has been accepted the renunciation of nationality;

A certificate proving that the applicant is not subject to legal proceedings in the country of his/her current nationality;

A fee is $85.00 payable into the consular.

Two coloured passport photographs with a white background;

To fill correctly an application form for Rwandan Nationality.

8. APPLICATION FORM FOR RWANDAN INTENDING TO RENOUNCE REFUGEE STATUS
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