Rwanda

Can Americans travel to Rwanda?

Yes but you will need to take a COVID test before arrival.


Pre-arrival COVID requirements to Rwanda

• All travelers to Rwanda will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction from an ISO-certified laboratory), taken within 120 hours of departure for Rwanda (meaning travelers must get tested and obtain results within 5 days of
their first flight). The results of this test must be submitted to the Rwanda Development Board before departing the country of origin and needs to be shown on arrival in the country. Note that other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted.
• Prior to departure, the passenger locator form (PLF) must be completed and the COVID-19 test certificate uploaded per this link.
• This page will issue a reference number that will be given to health authorities on arrival. All traveler information will be available on the PFL including the hotel they will be staying at on arrival.

Arrival COVID protocols

• A second mandatory RT-PCR test will be conducted upon arrival in Kigali to confirm the negative results of the test taken prior to arrival. Authorities have advised that test results will be available within 24 hours, irrespective of arrival time. As travelers must wait in a quarantined room, respecting
COVID-19 prevention measures implemented by the Ministry of Health until the results are available, all our itineraries will include sufficient time in Kigali to allow for this.
• If travelers are unable to get the first test prior to departure from their country of origin, they will be required to take two tests in Rwanda, allowing for a 48 hour period between tests. The cost of these is US$ 50 per person per test.
• Sanitary protocols are followed at the airport, and travelers will be accompanied through baggage collection all the way to the vehicle for their transfer to the hotel.
• COVID-19 tests will be conducted at the hotel by the health authorities, where a dedicated COVID-19 desk (including an on-site doctor) will be occupied 24/7. An additional medical service fee of US$ 10 will be charged at the hotel to conduct the test.
• For further information on payment methods, click here.
• All hotels in Kigali will have a quarantine area. There are a total of 17 certified hotels. On check-in at the hotel, travelers will be allocated rooms on a quarantined floor. While travelers wait for the result of the test, they will have to stay in their rooms, including for meals.
• Departing guests must test negative for COVID-19, with the test performed 120 hours before departure. The Rwanda Development Board have advised that as long as the guests depart within 120 hours after the initial test on arrival, they do not need to have a second test.• The need for a second test prior to departure (at a cost of US$ 50) would only be necessary if
visitors are in Rwanda for longer than 5 days. There are testing facilities in Kigali and in Musanze, close to Bisate, but currently no facility close to Magashi.
• The results for all the tests will be communicated by SMS or email using the original reference
number.

COVID Travel requirements on the ground

• Physical distancing must be observed where possible.
• The wearing of masks is mandatory.
• Temperature screening before entering buildings is mandatory.
• All hospitality staff in Rwanda, including those working in national parks plus drivers and guides, will be tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis. Only staff that have tested negative are allowed to work in these spheres.

Which airlines are flying to Rwanda?

During the month of August, the following airlines will commence scheduled commercial flights to
and from Kigali:
• RwandAir
• Ethiopian Airlines
• Brussels Airlines
• Qatar
• KLM
• Kenya Airways