VISA Requirements

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Important note on visa requirements

All visitors to the Republic of Rwanda must have a valid passport (at least for six months after date of departure). The participants are also recommended to check if they require a transit visa.

1. There is an efficient and secure way of getting Rwandan visa after simply applying online (Online entry visa) via the following link Those who will apply online will be facilitated to get a quick response (Acceptance letter which is an approval letter certifying that the applicant will get entry visa upon arrival, and also visa fee is paid on arrival). Participants should be encouraged to use this facility in order to avoid encountering difficulties with Airlines. Most Airlines refuses carrying passengers without a destination visa or any proof of getting the visa.

2. African nationals are not required to apply for online visa. The practice is that all African Nationals visiting Rwanda acquire visa on arrival (at entry point), but are required to pay for visa (30$).

3. Nationals of the following Countries may come without prior applying for an entry visa in view of bilateral agreement, and do not pay entry visa fee: USA, Germany, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong and Burundi.

4. Participants coming from countries where Rwanda has Diplomatic representations can either apply for visa via Embassies or high commissions. The list of Rwandan Embassies abroad is available via

5. If we get the list of participant in advance, it will help to identify those who will be applying online and be cleared accordingly. The list also will help us to clear those who may arrive at the border without visa or the approval letter but coming for this workshop.

6. Participants holding diplomatic, Service Passport and UN Laissez-passer are exempted from visa fee. Entry visa fee is 30USD, Validity: 30 days For more information, you may visit this website: Workshop participants are required to make their own arrangements for issuance of entry visa to Rwanda.

For facilitating visa on arrival, following documents have to be provided:

1. Scanned copy of your valid passport


Funded participants are eligible for DSA in accordance with UNFCCC rules. The DSA for Kigali, Rwanda is currently US$ 213 per day (effective 1 June 2015) and may evolve by the time of the workshop. It is calculated from the official arrival day for the workshop depending on the flight schedule, through the conclusion of the workshop with the expected departure the next day plus one day DSA deemed to cover miscellaneous travel expenses including visa and airport taxes*. The DSA described above represents the total entitlement to be provided at the meeting.

DSA will be available for collection at the meeting venue on the first workshop day during the lunch break. Please make sure to present your passport, and original boarding passes at registration before claiming DSA.

Note on Travel

Any changes made to the date of departure and/or arrival may incur a fee. Changes for private reasons are to be paid by the traveler. The UNFCCC secretariat will not be responsible for costs associated with any changes you may wish to make to your ticket, for example upgrading, re-routing or stop-overs.


Kigali International Airport is located about 7 miles east of the city center in the suburb of Kanombe. There are taxis and airport transfers can also be arranged with the hotels. In Kigali, short distances can be travelled either on foot, or by taxi-velo (bicycle taxi). Taxi-velos are widespread, and are relatively inexpensive but not allowed in urban areas. A taxi-velo driver will cycle, and the passenger will sit rather precariously on the back.

Motorcycle taxis (taxi-moto) are also popular, especially in Kigali, a normal journey will cost up to $2. If you look like a foreigner and are walking on the main road, drivers will probably come up to you to offer a ride. Most of the drivers speak basic English or French, some do not. Taxis are less common, and are best found at taxi stations, by waiting at the taxi sign at bus stops, or by calling them. They are significantly more expensive, even short rides cost 2000 francs, almost $3, and longer rides can be 5,000 or more (almost $10).

Slightly longer distances, indeed the whole country, can be travelled by Twegerane (literaly let's get closer) buses. Rwanda has a good local transportation system for inter-region connectivity, good road system, and has plenty of well- maintained and modern buses and minibuses, some of which have WI-FI. Cars and drivers can be hired from Kigali, and most of the roads are well maintained.

While leaving Rwanda, avoid waiting in cafes for your flight - some flights are often overbooked and may start boarding early without announcement, and you could miss your flight.



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