by Chris Walker Bush
January 18, 2016

One of the greatest innovations in East African tourism of the past few years has been the introduction of the East African visa.

This handy visa, allowing access to Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya with a single visa, is not only a time-saver, but also works out considerably cheaper than purchasing individual visas for each of the countries.

So, if you're looking to visit two or more of these countries, the East African Visa is perfect for you!

As a new visa, it can be a bit confusing applying for it, so we've gathered all of the information for you to make sure it's as easy as possible.

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The East African Visa is NOT AVAILABLE ON ARRIVAL. You'll need to apply ahead of time.

What You Need for an East African Visa

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

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

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How to Apply for an East African Visa

It is important that you 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.

For those starting their trip in Rwanda, there is an easy online East African Visa form you can complete.

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

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Important Information About your East African Visa

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