Visa On Arrival For Rwanda From 2018
Starting January 1 next year, any citizen from around the world, including India, holding a valid passport, can eligible for
Visa On Arrival For Rwanda From 2018 by air, sea, or road, by getting a visa-on-arrival, its envoy said in New Delhi on Thursday.
The facility is currently available only to African countries and a few countries outside of the continent, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to India Ernest Rwamucyo said.
“With India we already have good bilateral relations, which was elevated to a strategic level. And, during India’s (former) Vice President Hamid Ansari visit to our country in February, an agreement was signed to allow the two countries to mutually exempt visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holder,” he said.
That agreement has been “ratified” and so will come into effect soon. But, our government recently took a very bold decision on relaxing visa regime for all travellers, he said.
“From January 1 next year, any citizen from around the world, holding a valid passport, can enter Rwanda by air, sea, or road, and get a visa stamped on their arrival. So, we are really opening up our borders to people globally,” Mr Rwamucyo said.
The Rwandan High Commissioner was interacting with journalists at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club here on India-Rwanda ties and later fielded a number of questions on various subjects.
“The visa-on-arrival would be applicable for 30 days under the new relaxed visa regime. The entrants would need to pay a fee where applicable.
“As of now, the visa-on-arrival facility is available only to African countries and few other countries like the US, the UK, Germany, Singapore. Also, for some countries in Africa, no visa fee is charged,” Mr Rwamucyo said.
On the new Indian mission proposed to be opened in its capital city Kigali, billed one of the cleanest and the safest cities globally, he said, “Work is going on, on that as well.”
On the new RwandAir service that was launched on April 3 this year, in pursuant of Mr Ansari’s visit, from Mumbai to Kigali, he said, the response so far has been “good”.
Disclaimer: VISA REGULATIONS ARE OFTEN CHANGED WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. ALWAYS BETTER TO CHECK THE EMBASSY’S WEBSITE BEFORE PLANNING.
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