Posted: 11 Dec 2013 12:52 |
Edited by: NepoleonComplex
You can stay 5 days over and it is a verbal warning, day 6 and the fines start at 15,000 RWF. Be careful, especially EAC members, Rwanda likes to play games with their words "visitor" and "resident" possibly to line their pockets or just show off how much trouble they can cause you. There is nothing in the law that states what these terms mean, so if you stay too long, even within the 6 months you are allowed, the border agents can just accuse you of being a resident, confiscate your passport, delay a week or two, and fine you 300,000 for being 6 - 9 months over for not applying for a resident visa within 15 days of becoming a "resident." When and how you became a "resident" is up to them, not any written description of what a "resident" is. Be careful how you answer where you have been staying, "lots of friends and guest houses" is a better answer than "oh, I rented a house as a base to travel from." Rwanda's pervasive Napoleon complex is alive and well, speak softly, any sign of escalation and little Napoleon will materialize before your eyes.