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Rwanda Reopening Tourism Guidelines

Rwanda Reopening Tourism Guidelines

Rwanda’s doors are now open and we look forward to welcoming you to be at one with nature, while staying safe and healthy. All tourism activities, including gorilla trekking safaris within Rwanda’s National Parks, have now resumed in line with enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures. The well-being of travelers is Rwanda’s top priority and the country has put in place robust health and safety guidelines to ensure this.

All travelers arriving in Rwanda must present a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours of departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted. A second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered after 24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.

Currently, international visitors arriving by flight can visit Rwanda. There are no restrictions based on nationality or point of departure. These visitors can enter Rwanda on the condition of fulfilling the health and safety requirements outlined in these FAQs and this information note. Visitors must complete the Passenger Locator Form before arrival.

Together with the private sector, Visit Rwanda is offering attractive packages for visitors, Rwandans and foreign residents. Visa on arrival remains available for all visitors to the country.

Cancellation policies have been updated to accommodate travelers impacted during this time and can be accessed here.

All guests staying at various hotels countrywide are required to present a negative SARS-CoV2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or Rapid Antigen Test. For international tourists who will have taken a second test upon arrival in the country, the negative test results will be valid for 120 hours. They will be required to take a rapid test after this period elapses.

Travelers, including drivers, are required to fill and submit movement requests here together with copies of negative COVID-19 test results to visitrwanda@rdb.rw at least 24 hours prior to the trip.

The cost of the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is Rwf 47,200 (USD 50) for travelers departing Rwanda and Rwf 57,200 (USD 60) for arriving visitors. The cost of a Rapid Antigen test is Rwf 10,000 and results are typically available within 15 minutes of the test being taken. A list of accredited private clinics that provide COVID-19 Rapid Antigen tests can be accessed at www.rbc.gov.rw.

Hotel guests under the age of 12, accompanied by parents with a negative test certificate, are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

Tourists to Rwanda’s national parks are now required to complete a guest registration and indemnity form in advance of their visit and submit the form electronically to the park.

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