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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Rwanda
Data Last Updated: September 16, 2020

General Information

Open (Level 2)

Rwanda has reopened to all travelers as of August 1st

Passengers will be asked to submit proof that they tested negative for Covid-19 with a PCR test performed within 120 hours of arrival. Visitors will be tested again upon arrival at their own cost, at which point they will need to quarantine for 24 hours in their hotel to await the test results. If the test result comes back negative travelers are free to move around the country.

All travelers must also fill out a passenger locator form

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Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

As of Sept. 10, authorities in Rwanda have shortened the nation's curfew to 2100-0500 as part of efforts to ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease. Per the most recent directives, movement restrictions imposed between Rusizi and other districts will be lifted, provided travelers adhere to strict health and safety guidelines.

Restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism services have resumed limited operations but must comply with social distancing guidelines. Officials require all traders to accept digital payments as alternative forms of payment.

Places of worship are permitted to resume services. National parks are now open to visitors who have tested negative for COVID-19.

Schools and bars are closed until further notice.

Funeral attendance may not exceed 30 persons.

Government offices will remain open, albeit with only 30 percent of their staff working on-site at a time, while other employees work from home.

Malls and markets may operate at 50-percent capacity.

Mass gatherings are prohibited without special permission, and events must not exceed 30 percent of the venue's capacity

Airlines & Transport

On August 1, Kigali International Airport (KGL) has resumed normal commercial air traffic operations. 

Private and public transportation between provinces will resume except movement to and from Rusizi and Rubavu Districts. All public transportation within Rusizi and Rubavu Districts is closed.

Motorcycles are permitted to carry passengers except in Rusizi District and zones under lockdown in the city of Kigali with strict adherence to hygiene and the wearing of face masks.

Land borders remain closed, except for goods and cargo traffic, as well as returning Rwandan citizens and legal residents. 

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More Details

A landlocked African country that lies just a few degrees south of the equator, Rwanda officially reopened for tourism via commercial flights as of August 1, 2020.

Who Can Travel To Rwanda?

Rwanda is open for all travelers. Therefore, tourists from all nations and countries are welcome to visit.

Is There A Mandatory Testing?

Yes. Firstly, all travelers will be required to have a negative PCR test results within 72 hours of departure. The negative result should be emailed to lab@rbc.gov.rw before the departure. While on the other hand, the hard copy results should be brought to show to the customs upon entry.

Secondly, the arriving travelers will be tested again with the results available in around 8-24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.

In addition, travelers can choose the option to be tested on arrival at the airport. And another one after 48 hours upon arrival. Both at the cost of the traveler.

Is There Any Mandatory Quarantine?

No. As long as the traveler has their negative COVID-19 PCR test result, and is asymptomatic, they will not have to quarantine.

What's Open in Rwanda?

As of now, hotels, restaurants, shops, tour operators, and other businesses have reopened in Rwanda.

Volcanos National ParkNyungwe National Park, and Akagera National Park have all reopened to travelers. Click on the name of each park to see the full guidelines.

Travelers might also want to check the special offers from the tourism board.

What Are The Airlines Flying To Rwanda?

More and more airlines and cities are starting to resume their flights to Rwanda. RwandaAir for instance, usually flies directly to into Kigali from Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Amsterdam, and Dubai.

Here are some of the Airlines that fly to Kigali International Airport:

  • RwandaAir
  • Ethiopia Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

See Rwanda's travel status on our live map.

Sources: Visit Rwanda | Kigali International Airport


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Information for Non-Tourists

All returnees are subjected to mandatory quarantine in accordance with existing health guidelines at their own cost.

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