Rwandan passport (Pasiporo y'u Rwanda)
Issued by Rwanda
PurposeIdentification and Traveling document Identification
Valid inThis passport is valid for all countries
EligibilityRwandan citizenship
Expiration5 or 10 years

The Rwandan passport is issued to Rwandan citizens for international travel. Rwanda started issuing East African Community Biometric Passport also known as E-Passport (with which entry to all east African countries is visa-free) in June 2019 replacing the old ones that will only stay valid until June 2021, The new passports are valid for five years and ten years.

Rwanda has three categories of passports; Ordinary, service, and diplomatic passports,

Ordinary e-Passport

An Ordinary e-passport is issued to any Rwandan who fulfills the necessary requirements to facilitate his/her travels outside the country.

All applications are submitted through IREMBO platform.

Service E-passport

The service e-passport is issued to Rwandan nationals or non-nationals (delegates of Rwanda) traveling abroad on official mission.

Applications are submitted through IREMBO platform:


Diplomatic e-Passport

The diplomatic e-passport is issued to high ranking officials in the country or to those representing Rwanda abroad and others as may be specified by the ministerial order.

All applications are submitted through IREMBO platform:


Applications are made through Irembo site.[1] Rwandans travel freely in two(2) neighboring countries [Uganda and Kenya] with only ID.

As of 1 January 2021, Rwandan citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 62 countries and territories, ranking the Rwandan passport 76th in terms of travel freedom (tied with Bhutanese, Chadian, Chinese and Malian passports) according to the Henley visa restrictions index.[2]

See also


  1. ^ IREMBO
  2. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2017" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 14 March 2017.