Rwanda Reopens for Tourism
Travel to Rwanda to experience the best Mother Nature has to offer.
All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have 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 prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted for international travelers. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. At Kigali International Airport, all incoming travelers eligible (aged 12 years and above) for Covid-19 vaccine are encouraged to be fully vaccinated before their travel.
Covid-19 RT-PCR and Antigen Rapid Tests will be taken upon arrival at own cost and travelers will do self-isolation until they get negative PCR test results taken on arrival.
At the airport, the payment for Covid-19 tests taken on arrival of 62,200 Rwf or 65 USD (55USD for covid-19 tests and 10USD for specific logistics to the airport) will be done as per the indications of the passenger locator form. For passengers who opt for a cash payment at arrival, the balance will be given in Local currency (RWF). The passenger who wouldn’t use the payment methods on the passenger locator form may be required to pay again at arrival and claim for refund for any previous payment made.
In order to facilitate Rwandan citizens to test regularly for Covid-19 and to know their status, including Rwandans returning home, the Government of Rwanda will subsidize the cost of Covid-19 tests whereby for the mandatory Covid-19 tests taken on arrival, Rwandan citizens will pay Rwf 45,000 or 45 USD (35USD for covid-19 tests and 10USD for specific logistics to the airport) instead of current cost.
All travelers arriving or transiting in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the Covid-19 PCR test certificate before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form on rbc.gov.rw
All travelers transiting for more than 12 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a RT-PCR and rapid tests at own cost while transiting/connecting travelers who are not leaving the airport for less than 12 hours will be screened upon entry and not required to take a second test (This is not applicable for transiting passengers by land borders, in that case, passengers will be tested using RT-PCR and rapid tests on arrival), PCR test results will be fast tracked.
Land borders shall re-open, starting Monday 07th March, 2022. People may be subject to random Covid-19 testing by the Ministry of Health upon entry and are encouraged to be vaccinated before crossing the border.
Once self-isolated at home, the process is as following:
Test results for RT-PCR taken on arrival will be checked on RBC website of covid-19 results portal by using phone number entered while filling Passenger Locator Form and Unique code received when submitted Passenger Locator Form prior to departures or by SMS and/or email, and the turnaround time for results is 24hrs from the time a sample is collected. If the results are not out and you are beyond 24 hours, please contact RBC Medical Team on Duty at Airport 24/7: (+250) 781415724 for help.
If a traveler’s test result is positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) while in Rwanda, they will be treated as indicated in the National Covid-19 Management Guidelines available on www.rbc.gov.rw until they have fully recovered, at their own cost. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.
Tourists, including children over 5 years, where applicable, visiting the country’s national parks will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hours. A RT- PCR COVID-19 test is required for all visitors wishing to see primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe, and Gishwati- Mukura National parks. Tourists who have booked not more than two consecutive visits are required to present their negative RT PCR COVID-19 for the 1st visit only;
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 primate trekking 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.
Currently, international visitors arriving by flight can visit Rwanda. 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 travellers impacted during this time and can be accessed Read also about the new incentives for tourism and travel stakeholders here.
All guests staying at various hotels countrywide are required to present a negative SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or Rapid Antigen Test results taken within 72 hours;
All other tourism destinations including hotel stays will accept either a Rapid Antigen Test or SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) taken within 72 hours.
The cost of a Rapid Antigen test is Rwf 5,000 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 rbc.gov.rw.
Frequently asked questions with more details on visiting Rwanda can be accessed here.
For more information about Rwanda’s response and daily updates on COVID-19, please visit the Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s website here.
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. Please find the forms to print and sign below:
Volcanoes National Park (submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nyungwe National Park (submit to: email@example.com)
Akagera National Park Registration & Indemnity forms (submit both to: firstname.lastname@example.org or provide on arrival)
Gorilla permits are now available at USD 200 for Rwandans & EAC nationals, USD 500 for African Union citizens and foreign residents in Rwanda and USD 1,500 for international tourists. Special packages are available for groups, families and corporates on other products in Volcanoes and Nyungwe national parks. Learn more here.
These special offers are valid until 31 December 2022.
View a range of special offers from Rwandan tour and travel operators here.