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13/07/2020 By : Nida Kapadia


Rwanda Reopens for Tourism

  • Rwanda has announced the reopening of tourism activities as well as the resumption of international travel for visitors arriving by charter flight, effective 17 June 2020 and for visitors arriving by scheduled commercial flights as of 1 August 2020. The well-being of all travellers is Rwanda’s top priority and the country has put in place robust health and safety guidelines to ensure this.
  • Passengers arriving on commercial flights from 1 August, including those in transit, will be required to present a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arriving in Rwanda. For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered within 24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.
  • Currently, international visitors arriving by charter 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 guidelines.
  • Together with the private sector, Visit Rwanda is offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans and foreign residents. Visa on arrival remains available for all visitors to the country.
  • All tourism activities, including primate trekking within Rwanda’s national parks, have now resumed in line with enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Cancelations/postponement policies have been updated to accommodate travellers impacted during this time and can be accessed here.


Read the full guidelines on visiting Rwanda here.

COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

  • All visitors travelling by charter flights are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival. Tourists will take a second COVID-19 test on arrival and prior to visiting any tourist attraction. Read the full guidelines on visiting Rwanda here.
  • Domestic tourists visiting all national parks, including Akagera, are required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to visiting these attractions. A private test centre has been set up at Petit Stade in Kigali by appointment only. Please call +250 788 313 800 or email [email protected] to arrange your testing appointment.
  • Tourists without negative test results will not be admitted entry to the parks. The cost for the test will be inclusive of the park booking fee.  


For more information about Rwanda’s response and daily updates on COVID-19, please visit the Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s website here.

More information on our re-opening process and related guidelines can be found here.


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