Covid-19 Information In Rwanda
Planning to travel to Rwanda soon but you have no idea or info about COVID-19 pandemic? Well, here is important COVID-19 information you need to know before traveling to Rwanda. The first COVID-19 case in Rwanda was recorded in March, 14th 2020.
Currently, most business operations have resumed such as tourism, hotels, restaurants, shops among others except bars that are still closed. All the 4 national parks in Rwanda are now open to tourists to explore on Rwanda safari. However, all visitors should present a negative COVID-19 test.
Air transportation has also resumed although the land borders are still closed. But cargo and Rwandan citizens/residents can travel. Generally, you can now take a flight to Kigali International Airport to enjoy your Rwanda safari holiday. But ensure you wear a mask while in the public. This is mandatory to all travelers on safari in Rwanda.
The entry and exit requirements you should have
International travelers are permitted to enter Rwanda including U.S. citizens. But a negative COVID-19 Test (PCR or Serology) should be presented on entry to Rwanda. The test should be taken not beyond 120 hours prior your initial flight. You may also have a printed copy of your negative test report during all legs of your flights to Rwanda.
Once you have landed into Rwanda, you will undergo quarantine in a hotel of your preference. You will be tested once again but at your own cost! You will quarantine in your hotel room till you get a negative covid-19 report within 24 hours after arrival.
Prior traveling to Rwanda, Passenger Locator Form must be filled. Your passport information, travel details, negative PCR covid-19 test report should be provided if you are to fill the Passenger Locator Form.
The U.S. Embassy however encourages you carry a printed your copy of Passenger Locator Form during all legs of your flights to Rwanda. Details on travel, quarantine or testing procedures for travelers on Rwanda safaris are available at www.rbc.gov.rw.
U.S. Citizens stand a chance to receive a visa upon arrival (find out more about visa on arrival in www.migration.gov.rw). If you are departing from Rwanda, a negative covid-19 test result must be presented within 120 hours prior your departure flight. Ensure you book and pay for your tests early about 2 days before departure.
Restrictions on movements in Rwanda
The curfew in Rwanda is enforced starting from 10:00pm to 4:00am. Public travel between Kigali and other provinces in Rwanda Rusizi inclusive is allowed. Travel to national parks is allowed but negative covid-19 test must be carried at visitors’ cost. Note, the Government of Rwanda may impose lockdown of cities or neighborhoods to help reduce spread of covid-19.
Testing for COVID-19
You get covid-19 testing services on request from Rwandan Biomedical Centre. A test can be carried at US Dollars 50 or 47200 RWF. Note, tests on COVID-19 are needed before you pay a visit to any of Rwanda’s parks (Volcanoes National Park to trek mountain gorillas, Nyungwe Forest National Park/Gishwati-Mukura National Park for chimp tracking or Akagera National Park for game viewing).
Failure to observe the COVID-19 guidelines attracts a fine of about 50000 RWF or 5 days in police custody and this may vary depending on the violation.
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