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From Jan 1, 2018, nationals of all countries receive visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders. The cost for single entry is USD $50 and can be paid for with cash or Visa/MasterCard. Detailed visa information is on this site:

https://www.migration.gov.rw/visa

All travelers to Rwanda are required to hold a passport with more than 6 months of validity.
However, for justified emergency purposes only those holding travel documents with less than 6 months validity will be required to seek a written derogation by the Embassy before they can engage in any travel arrangements.
Information about Covid testing is detailed on this site:

https://www.rbc.gov.rw/index.php?id=745

The Rwanda Franc is the local currency and you can pay in RWF everywhere. Tourist activities are generally posted in USD and can be paid for in USD cash, RWF cash, or with a Visa or MasterCard. American Express is rarely accepted. You may want to let your bank and credit card providers know your travel dates so that they authorize your transactions while traveling.
There are ATMs in all medium to large size towns that work with the Cirrus/Visa/Mastercard network. If you need to withdraw inside a bank you can receive RWF or USD. If you exchange money at exchange vendors you will get a better exchange rate with USD $100 bills. My guidance is if you already have USD cash on hand you should bring it, and use ATMs in Rwanda to withdraw money on arrival.
You can expect to pay in RWF at all restaurants and local shops. Shops that frequently sell to tourists will also accept credit cards.
Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and the roads are windy throughout the country other than from Kigali to Akagera. The speed limit is 60-70km/hour throughout the country with many speed cameras along the road to ensure there is no speeding. You can expect it will take longer to drive what appear to be short distances – all the more time for sight-seeing along the way.
Here are a few of the drive times:

  • Kigali – Akagera 2-3 hours
  • Kigali – Volcanoes National Park 3 hours
  • Kigali – Nyungwe National Park 7 hours

If you typically get car sick, I recommend bringing your anti-nausea medicine, sitting in the front, and traveling with the window open for fresh air. You will not be going fast around curves and the ride is gentle. Your driver will also stop whenever you need to for a break, photos, or local market visits if requested. Of course, if you are driving outside of the main highways on dirt roads you can expect the bumpy “African massage”, but those are short distances off the highway to your destination such as the start of a trek or to a more remote village.

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