East Africa Tourist Visa: How to Get One

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The East Africa Tourist Visa is a single entry visa for foreigners visiting Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda simultaneously.

It is multi-entry within the three countries; however, this expires automatically if a traveller goes outside of the three (3) countries.

This visa is a result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of the respective partner countries to boost regional tourism and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa.

A tourist who gets the East Africa Tourist Visa must start travel from the country that has issued the Visa.

Getting an East African Tourist Visa

You must apply for the East African Visa with the country in which you’ll commence your travels.

So, if you arrive in Kenya, that is who you will need to apply through. You cannot apply through the Rwandan consulate and enter through Kenya.

If you are entering through Kenya or Uganda, however, you’ll need to apply in advance at their respective consulates in your home country.

Important Information about your East African Visa

The East African Visa is valid for 90 days from the date marked in your passport; this Visa cannot be extended.

It is illegal to work on an East African Visa.

It is possible to enter or leave Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda as many times as you like during the visa’s period of validity.

What You Need for an East African Tourist Visa

To apply for an East African visa, you’ll need the following:

  • A passport with at least six months validity;
  • $100 fee;
  • One standard-sized passport photo;
  • A completed application form
  • A letter of visa application

How to apply for the East Africa Visa in each country

It’s advisable that when applying for the East African Visa, you use with the country you will commence your travel.

Kenya Online Visa

For those beginning their trip in Kenya. Find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy’s websitewww.ecitizen.go.ke

Uganda Online Visa

For those starting their journey in Uganda visit visas.immigration.go.ug for more information.

Rwanda Online Visa

For those beginning their travel in Rwanda www.migration.gov.rw will be the website to visit. Under “Type of Visa” select “East Africa Tourist Visa.” For more information, contact your local Rwanda embassy.

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