Rwandan High Commission in London informs the public that the old machine-readable Rwandan passports are being replaced by new Rwanda Electronic Passports. The old passports will be phased out and will cease to be recognised as travel documents by the 28th June 2021. All applicants are advised to contact our Consular Department by email at  prior to completion and submission of new applications for Rwanda e-Passports. For more information, please read carefully the requirements below.



The Rwanda High Commission informs the public that the issuance of the new Rwanda e-Passport based on an entirely new design will commence on the 18th of November 2019. The new passports fully complies with the technical specifications for travel documents contained in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Document 9303, and with the passport specifications of the East African Community

A. The Rwanda e-Passport has a modernized design that reflects Rwanda’s rich culture and enhanced security features that will make it much harder to forge.

B. The Rwanda e-Passport booklet variants will be categorised depending on the number of pages, validity and fee structure:

  • Ordinary Passport with 50 pages and 5 years validity at 75,000 Frw;
  • Ordinary Passport with 66 pages and 10 years validity at 100,000 Frw;
  • Ordinary Passport for minors with 34 pages and 2 years validity at 25,000 Frw;
  • Service Passport with 50 pages and 5 years validity at 15,000 Frw;
  • Diplomatic Passport with 50 pages and 5 years validity at 50,000 Frw; 

C. Consistent with the EAC Heads of States directives, passports of the previous design already issued to Rwandan citizens will remain valid for up to two (2) years from the date of issuance of the electronic passport up to June 27th, 2021;

All passport applications and payment will be made ONLY through IREMBO with bank cards on the below link:

Please click here for Irembo portal.

D. The Rwanda e-Passport requires capturing of the biometric data to ensure successful identification of applicants. Therefore, every Rwandan citizen applying for e-Passport will be required to physically provide biometric data (10 fingerprints and a photo), except for children of age below sixteen (16) years;

E. The process will be in the following steps:

  • Rwandans in the UK and Ireland will APPLY and PAY by themselves through IREMBO. The main requirements in the application is an Identity Card (Indangamuntu) and payment of a fee corresponding to the passport applied for;
  • An applicant will receive an email with a unique reference number which you should bring to the Rwanda High Commission to capture the biometric data by appointment.
  • The passport will be processed in Rwanda, but collection as always will be at the Rwanda High Commission.
  • To capture the Biometrics for your passport application you can book an appointment at the High Commission here:
    Please note prior to making an appointment please forward your confirmation email from Irembo which requests you visit your nearest Embassy to If you have not received and forwarded this email please do not book an appointment.

    Alternatively contact the consular department by email at or by telephone +44 (0)2072 249832.

  • For more information, visit the website of the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration