Ruanda, Burundi, Eritrea Visas and safety
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 4, 2010 2:25 PM Last Post By: TubaIsis
Jul 3, 2010 3:59 PM
I will travel alone and I have some urgent questions.
I want to say thanks before your answers. :)
- Ruanda visa on the bord (by land) is OK and if you knows, how many USD?
- Burunei visa is available for non-American citizens? Taking tourist visa on the bord is available? How much? Safety? Any new comments to this link? http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/46/international_travel/Africa/Burundi.html
- Eritrea visa will be how for non-Americans? Tourist visa is available?
Or getting there from Kenya or Tanzania flight + visa on airport is OK?
This flights is how much? (From internet, I saw different prices than local persons.)
And after Africa part, I will go to Yemen anyway...
Good travels to everybody and thanks for your interest, thanks!
Jul 4, 2010 11:54 AM
1Hi. I do not know the specific requirements for holders of Turkish passports, so you may want to check with your own foreign ministry as that may be the best single source for you. You will likely need to do your own research (in Turkish) to get good results. As you speak French, you may be able to find information from Rwanda and Burundi also.
The map on this page indicates that visas can be issued on arrival for Rwanda and Burundi, but (a) this is a wikipedia article and should be taken with a grain of salt, (b) even if the information is accurate, there may be a difference between getting the visa at a land border versus at an airport, and (c) other sites such as this one and this one have conflicting information.
The only site (in English) with any detail that I found on a quick search is this one. It indicates that a visa is needed in advance for Rwanda and Eritrea but not for Burundi. Again, you will probably want to double check this information.
On safety generally, yes all three countries are considered pretty safe as a whole. As for the Burundi site you link to, it is outdated. The border between Rwanda and Burundi is OK for bus travel, and that is a pretty easy way to get between the two capitals.
For Eritrea, as far as I am aware you still cannot get there directly from any neighboring country by land, and by air only from Khartoum (Yemenia). If you will be going to Yemen, it will help to know that Yemenia does have good connections to Asmara.
Edited by: chriskean1
Jul 4, 2010 1:10 PM
2For Rwanda, you need to apply the visa via internet beforehand. Then when you receive it (usually within few days) you need to print it and take it to the border. They will issue a visa for 15 days only, USD60. If you want to stay longer, you need to apply for an extension in Rwanda. I have got once a Rwanda visa without a prior arrangement but needed to have a good reason and to do some serious talking. Not recommended.
You don't need French to find information about/in Rwanda, in my opinion English is more widely used now.
Rwanda is very safe. However, during/after the elections in August the situation could change but probably not.
Jul 4, 2010 2:25 PM
3Thanks Chriskean1 and Fulana, for your informations.
I will try to go, if I have a time before my flights after this much of information.
I'm really curieus about Erithrea but... looks difficulte... and I have to buy my Nairobi-Sanaa flights very soon, I can say today.
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