The information circulated on social and mainstream media last week. It was reported that UAE banned visas application for 20 African countries including Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Embassy in UAE has through a statement released on 26th October 2022 indicated that no visa ban on Rwandans has been placed, noting that relations between both countries remain intact.
“The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in the United Arab Emirates informs the public that recent media reports of UAE via ban on Rwandans are false and misleading. Citizens of Rwanda continue to enjoy all categories of UAE visas including visit visa,” reads the statement in part.
Meanwhile, UAE recently announced new reforms for visa applicants.
Rwanda’s Embassy in UAE has also advised Rwandans on UAE’s new visa reforms officially launched on 3rd October 2022.
Under the new reforms, Rwandans like other applicants seeking a visit visa are required to provide proof of hotel booking for the duration of stay, valid return and onward ticket.
In case of home stay, the applicant is required to present an invitation letter from the host along with the address including phone and identity card, passport number of the host in UAE.
Rwanda opened embassy in UAE on 8th March 2018. Both countries have cooperation in the areas of investment and tourism.