Latest News: Rwanda Entry & Exit Requirements

Covid restrictions ease

Rwanda continues to closely monitor COVID-19 cases and has determined that levels are low enough to ease restrictions on entry and at National Parks. 

As of March 5th, all travelers entering Rwanda require a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) within 72 hours prior to travel as well as again upon arrival at the airport just past passport control. 

The good news is the 24-hour hotel quarantine is no longer required.  Arriving travelers typically get their PCR test results within 10 hours of testing, which means people arriving at night can continue onwards in their travels straightaway in the morning.

The National Parks, including Volcanoes, Nyungwe, and Akagera, require a rapid test to enter and a PCR test for trekking to gorillas and chimpanzees. 

Additionally, the land borders have reopened which makes travel to neighboring countries including Uganda straightforward.  Random Covid-19 testing may be required upon entry to Rwanda, and will be offered at the border.

Travelers departing Rwanda by air are still required to provide a negative SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) within 72 hours of the flight.  There are multiple health facilities across Rwanda that offer testing for the convenience of local residents and visitors.

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