Travel news: Canadians now need visa to visit Rwanda


(eTN) – Free entry will shortly come to an end for Canadian visitors to Rwanda, according to a source in Kigali. No specific reasons were given for the move, and after more than two decades of free entry, Canadian citizens are now off the list of preferred travelers.

Countries like Germany, the United States, Britain, South Africa, Sweden – among others – continue to enjoy the privilege, and substantial increases in visitor arrivals from these countries justify the measure.

The new rules come into effect on November 1, but intending visitors from Canada can apply for a visa online and hand over their printout at the Kigali International Airport on arrival, pay their US$60 fee, and get their clearance to enter Rwanda there and then.

Other nationalities may have to go through different processes of application and approvals, and relevant Rwanda Immigration and tourism websites provide up-to-date information for intending visitors.