Byevisa » East Africa Travel Visa

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Travel Document Type

eVisa

Government Fee

USD 100.00

Byevisa Processing Fee

USD 45.00

Processing Time

2 business days

All About the East Africa Visa

The group of East African nations of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have come together to offer anyone who wishes to visit all 3 countries the option of applying for an Electronic Visa (eVisa). This convenient system enables visitors to obtain 1 East Africa visa online rather than visiting each country’s embassy separately.

One important thing to note is that you must apply for the East Africa visa through either Rwanda or Uganda and begin your trip in the country you’ve obtained your travel pass from. You can’t apply through Rwanda and then enter through Uganda, or vice versa. You may travel into Kenya with this visa, as long as Kenya isn’t your first stop.

Fortunately, Byevisa makes it easy for all nationalities to obtain an East Africa tourist visa electronically. All you need to do to get started is select the country (Rwanda or Uganda) in which you plan to start your trip.

This multi-country authorisation is valid for 90 days, which start being counted from the date you arrive in the first country. The eVisa is for tourism purposes only, so you can’t work while you’re visiting.

The East Africa e-Visa is Multiple Entry for these 3 countries only, meaning that you can enter Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda as many times as you wish during the 90-day validity period. Travelling outside of this area cancels your authorisation and you’ll need a new one to enter again.

The fee for an East Africa eVisa is 100.00 USD. In addition, Byevisa charges a fee to process your paperwork, and our processing prices start as low as 45.00 USD.

Here we explain in detail how to complete your East Africa eVisa application with Byevisa.

What’s the Difference Between an eVisa and an East Africa Visa on Arrival (VoA)?

An Electronic Visa (eVisa) is an authorisation that you apply for online before your trip. Applying electronically saves you time since you don’t need to travel to a consulate or embassy.

Byevisa is a rapid and secure way to apply online for your eVisa. We handle your paperwork and send your approved authorisation directly to your email inbox.

By comparison, a Visa on Arrival (VoA) would normally be obtained upon arrival at the port of entry without submitting an application in advance. However, the East Africa multi-country visa is not available on arrival; it must be obtained in advance.

East Africa Visa Requirements and Eligibility

You’re probably wondering if you need a visa and what you need to apply for this convenient electronic authorisation. Using our eligibility checker tool, you can see the eVisa requirements by selecting your home country and your destination (Rwanda or Uganda):

Below we explain in more detail about who requires an eVisa and what you need to do to apply.

All nationalities are eligible to apply online for an East Africa tourist visa to enter through Rwanda or Uganda. Any visitor who has an East Africa travel pass can also enter Kenya. Citizens of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda can travel between these 3 countries freely without needing a visa.

Byevisa is the best choice for getting your eVisa fast, as we handle all the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

You need to attach the following documents with your application:

  • A digital passport photo taken recently, with a white background. You shouldn’t be wearing a hat or glasses in the photo.
  • A scan of your passport’s information page. Your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months after your eVisa expires and have at least 1 blank page for your visa sticker.
  • Uganda – Your proof of accommodation.
  • Uganda – Airline ticket confirmation.
  • Uganda – A yellow fever vaccination certificate.

There are some vaccination requirements to take into account before you travel. Uganda carries a risk of yellow fever, and its immigration department requires you to submit a vaccination certificate as part of your application if you plan to enter through Uganda.

If you’re visiting Uganda with the East Africa visa, even if you plan to enter through Rwanda first, you need a yellow fever vaccination. You can see the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website for a list of yellow fever risk countries.

East Africa Visa Application Process

Byevisa’s application is quick and easy, freeing up more time for you to map out all the wildlife reserves you plan to see.

  1. Our application form asks you to provide details about yourself. It’s important that your personal data matches what’s in your passport. You also fill in trip information such as your dates of arrival and departure and the address where you’re staying.
  2. You make one payment at the time of your application for both the e-Visa fee and Byevisa’s processing fee. We accept credit or debit cards as well as PayPal, and we offer 3 convenient processing speeds: 2, 4 or 6 business days.
  3. We process your application in the timeframe according to the service speed you pay for.
  4. We send your approved eVisa document by email to the email address you use to apply. It’s important to print this authorisation because you have to show it to immigration officials when you arrive.

Your travel pass is valid for 90 days starting from the date you enter the first country, and it can’t be extended beyond those 90 days.

If you’re applying to enter through Uganda, you are required to have your fingerprints taken in the visa area of the airport. There you present your eVisa authorisation we sent by email, and the immigration official prints the official visa sticker to place inside your passport.

East Africa Visa Application Form and Documents

Byevisa’s online application form is easy to complete from anywhere in the world. Here’s how to complete the application form step-by-step.

1. Choose your nationality and your destination country (either Rwanda or Uganda) from the form above. Then choose “East Africa eVisa” to apply for the 3-country authorisation.

2. Click ‘Apply Now’ to begin filling in the following information:

  • The email address where you’d like us to send your travel pass.
  • Your full name, matching your passport data.
  • The dates you plan to arrive and depart.
  • Your gender.
  • The country and city where you were born.
  • Your nationality at birth.
  • Your current nationality.
  • Your profession and your current occupation.
  • Your father’s name and your mother’s name.
  • Your current address, city and country of residence.
  • Your marital status, and if married, your spouse’s name.
  • Your address (in Uganda or Rwanda).
  • The purpose of your visit.
  • The point of entry in the country of arrival.
  • Whether you have dual nationality, and if so, your former nationality.
  • Your immigration status in the country where you live.
  • Your phone number.
  • Whether any children endorsed on your passport will be accompanying you.
  • The name and telephone number of your host or hotel in Uganda.
  • A list of the last 5 countries you visited.
  • The duration of stay you’re requesting, up to 3 months.
  • Whether you have ever been denied a visa before.
  • Whether you have ever been deported before.
  • Whether you have ever been convicted of a crime in any country.
  • Whether there are any current criminal proceedings against you.

If you’re travelling with other people and you’re applying together, click ‘Add New Applicant’ and provide the relevant information for each applicant as you’ve filled in for yourself.

As part of your application, you upload the following required documents:

  • Your passport information page.
  • Your digital passport photo.
  • Your hotel reservation confirmation.
  • Your airline ticket confirmation.
  • Your yellow fever vaccination certificate.

3. Proceed to check all your application details one last time and enter your payment information. You can enter either your debit or credit card information or pay via PayPal. When you’re finished and ready to submit your application, click ‘Submit.’

4. Once your application is approved, we send your electronic travel pass to your email inbox. You need to print this authorisation to present to immigration officials when you arrive.

How to Check Your East Africa Tourist Visa Application Status

If you’re waiting to receive your authorisation, you can check the status of your East Africa eVisa on our website. Here’s how:

Click the ‘Status’ button in our website menu and fill out the following information:

  • Your name.
  • The email address you provided in your application
  • The subject of your message.
  • A message explaining your issue in more detail.

Click ‘Submit’ to send us the message, and one of our customer support agents will respond to your request as soon as possible. Among other things, you can ask:

  • Whether your application has been approved.
  • The start date and expiration date of your travel pass.
  • If we are still processing your application.
  • If your application has been denied, and the reason.

Also, you can get in touch in the unlikely scenario that you haven’t received it within the stated processing time.

How Much Does an East Africa Visa Cost?

The East Africa visa fee is 100.00 USD. In addition, Byevisa’s fee covers the processing of your paperwork. The fee varies according to how quickly you require your travel pass. We offer 3 convenient service speeds: Standard, Rapid, and Highly Rapid.

  • With our Standard service you pay 45.00 USD and we process your visa in 6 business days.
  • With our Rapid service you pay 75.00 USD and we process your travel pass in 4 business days.
  • With Highly Rapid service you pay 110.00 USD and we can process your document in just 2 business days.

More East Africa Visa Questions and Information

Do you have more questions about how to apply for an East Africa eVisa? Below we have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions.

The East Africa visa processing time varies according to the service speed you choose during your application. With our Standard service it takes 6 business days, Rapid service takes 4 business days, and Highly Rapid service takes only 2 business days.
Your eVisa is valid for 90 days starting from the date you arrive to the first country. This authorisation can’t be extended beyond 90 days, an important point to take into account as you plan your stay.
You should apply no less than 2 business days before your departure date. If you are close to the date of your trip, choose our Highly Rapid service and we’ll process your application in 2 business days.
If you have dual citizenship, you should apply for your eVisa with the passport that you will take with you on your trip. You may also need to include information about your second nationality in your application.
Yes, this e-Visa is Multiple Entry, meaning you can move freely between Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya as many times as you wish during the 90-day visa validity period. However, keep in mind that leaving this 3-country area will render your visa invalid and you’ll need to apply for a new one.
Yes, it’s important to print your electronic authorisation that we send to your email. You need to show this document upon arrival at the border control along with your passport.
Your application is submitted to the government of the country you plan to enter, either Rwanda or Uganda. Each country’s immigration department decides whether to accept or deny applications. It’s important to check your application to make sure it matches your passport data to minimise the risk of your application being rejected.

If your travel pass is rejected, we’ll send you an email with the reason why, so you can amend and resubmit your application. Keep in mind that if you need to apply again, you’ll pay the government and processing fees a second time.
This is an example of an East Africa eVisa.East Africa eVisa Example
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