Rwanda Replaces Single Nation Passports with EAC E-Passports
Rwanda immigration department has announced that it will phase out all single-nation passports issued before June 2021. The Director-General says the passports will be replaced by the Rwanda East African electronic passports after June 27, 2021.
Holders of the Rwandan passport have a two-year grace period to replace their passports starting in June, 2019. Rwanda says the issuance of the East Africa e-passport is in line with East Africa Community (EAC) commitment to promote regional integration.
The immigration department says that applicants should utilize Rwanda’s government online portal to apply for the e-passports.
EAC members passed the resolution to issue the East African e-passports during the 17th ordinary summit in March 2016. EAC partner states; Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have already rolled out the e-passports that grant holders access to more countries devoid of stringent visa requirement.