Do I need a passport or visa to enter?
A valid passport and a yellow fever certificate of immunization are required for those 9 months of age and older. You cannot use a passport card to enter Rwanda, and Rwanda will deny you entry if your passport has expired. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Rwanda for fewer than 90 days of tourism. U.S. citizens planning on remaining in Rwanda for more than 90 days must apply for a permit within 15 days of their arrival at the immigration office in Kigali.
If you plan on working in Rwanda you should review the information concerning Rwandan visas before departing the United States, and apply for a work permit at the Directorate of Immigration as soon as possible after your arrival in Rwanda. Any type of work in Rwanda, including volunteer work and unpaid internships, requires a work visa. If you plan to apply for any type of work or residency visa, you will need to bring your police report from your local or state police and/or the FBI with you to Rwanda. Many visa categories (there are more than 20) also require a curriculum vitae or presentation of credentials from a sponsoring institution. You may also be required to present either your original high school or university diploma or a stamped, certified copy. Visa requirements in Rwanda are complex and stringent, and the Rwandan government may deport or heavily fine visa violators.
Detailed entry information may be obtained from Rwanda’s Directorate of Immigration and/or The Embassy of Rwanda, located at 1714 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20009, telephone 202-232-2882, fax 202-232-4544. Overseas, inquiries may be made at the nearest Rwandan Embassy or Consulate.