Consulate General of the Republic of Rwanda in Australia

General Information

Please advise on what to wear in Rwanda.

Rwanda has no strict dress code on what to wear, although women travelers are advised to dress sensibly. In business areas, people tend to dress smartly. Cotton clothing is the most comfortable during the day, as it gets quite hot, but the nights tend to be chilly, so a heavy sweater and boots are essential. For gorilla tracking, warm clothing is required as well as walking/hiking boots, a hat and lightweight parka or raincoat.

Which month is the best season to travel in Rwanda?

It depends on what activities you plan on carrying out whilst in Rwanda. The long dry season, from June to September is the best time for tracking gorillas in the Volcanoes Park and hiking in Nyungwe Forest, as the ground is dry. Whereas the wet season, February – June (and a shorter season September-December) is best for tracking chimps in Nyungwe and the scenery is greener in addition the sky is less hazy.
The average temperature in Rwanda is 24.6 – 27.6 °C, the hottest months being August and September.

How about internet facilities in Rwanda?

Most mid-range and upward hotels have internet services that can be used. In Kigali, there are a number of fast, reliable internet facilities. Outside of Kigali, however, servers can be slow and subject to breakdowns.

How many watts is the voltage and what type of socket can be used in Rwanda?

230/240 volts at 50Hz. Type of socket is the 2-pin socket.

Is there any thing which can’t be carried in and out?

Tourists cannot bring into the country any illegal substances or firearms.
Also, in a move to make Rwanda more eco-friendly, at the airport, tourists may be asked to exchange any plastic bags for cotton fiber bags.

National Parks

Do tourists need to make a reservation for Mountain Gorilla tracking before going to Rwanda? If so, how can they go about doing so?

During the months June to September, as well as Christmas and New Year’s, demand for permits is high, therefore it is advisable to book as far ahead as possible. The booking can be made directly through the ORTPN office in Kigali, by emailing: reservation@rwandatourism.com.
Depending on availability, permits can be bought before 17h00 the day before the track, and at Kinigi on the morning of the track. However, there is no guarantee a permit will be available and it is strongly advised that one books well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Can tourist walk around the National Parks by themselves alone?

No, for their safety and to ensure the preservation of the National Parks, all tourists must be accompanied by a guide, who provides useful information on the wildlife and fauna.

Can tourists travel safely around Volcanoes N. P. and Nyungwe N. P. that are close to the border between D.R.C.?

Yes they can. No incident involving tourists has ever been reported in both national parks from 1994 until now. The border is patrolled by the army 24 hours. The guide and ranger accompany the trekking in national parks. The tourist can experience a trekking in safe environment.

Security and Health

Is the tap water drinkable?

No. Bottled or boiled water is safest.

Can tourists expect good treatment if we get sick or have an accident?

Yes, there are over 300 private clinics, 34 district hospitals and over 380 health centers and dispensaries in the country. Outside of Kigali, medical facilities are more basic.
Anti-malaria tablets and mosquito repellent are essential. Tourists require a Yellow Fever inoculation.

Can tourists walk around in Kigali safely?

Yes, they can. Rwanda is perhaps the most crime-free African country and Kigali is a very safe city. Although tourists should beware of pickpockets in busy markets and bus stations. In public places, tourists should keep a close eye on their possessions and avoid having valuable or large amounts of money loose in pockets or bags. It is strongly advised to keep all valuables and money in a hidden money belt.

Can tourists stay at hotel or guesthouse safely?

Yes, hotels and guesthouses are safe, particularly in Kigali, although, it is a good idea to lock up your valuables. Some mid – range and upward hotels will have a safe for you to lock up anything valuable.

What immunisations and vaccinations do I need?

All travellers should visit either their personal doctor or a travel health clinic six to eight weeks before departure.

The following immunisations/vaccinations are compulsory for travel to all areas of Rwanda:

  • Yellow Fever

The following immunisations/vaccinations are recommended for travel to all areas of Rwanda:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Malaria prophylaxis (with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

The following immunisations/vaccinations should be considered for travel to all areas of Rwanda:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

Please consult with your doctor for more specific advice.

Visas

What immunisations and vaccinations do I need?

All travellers should visit either their personal doctor or a travel health clinic six to eight weeks before departure.

The following immunisations/vaccinations are compulsory for travel to all areas of Rwanda:

  • Yellow Fever

The following immunisations/vaccinations are recommended for travel to all areas of Rwanda:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Malaria prophylaxis (with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

The following immunisations/vaccinations should be considered for travel to all areas of Rwanda:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

Please consult with your doctor for more specific advice.

Do I need a visa to travel to Rwanda?

Yes. Each person travelling on an Australian passport requires a visa to travel to Rwanda.

What types of visas are available for Australian passport holders?

  1. A single entry visa (Validity: 15 days) (Cost: US$30 upon arrival in Rwanda)
  2. Single-entry transit visa (Validity: 2 days) (Cost: US$30 upon arrival in Rwanda)
  3. Single-entry, renewable Tourist or Visitor visa (Validity: 3 months) (Cost: US$30 upon arrival in Rwanda)
  4. Cost of renewing a Tourist/Visitor visa: 25,000 RwF, approximately US$30
  5. Multiple-entry Resident visa (Business or Working) (Validity: 2 years) (Cost: 200,000 RwF, approximately US$450 upon arrival in Rwanda)
  6. Multiple-entry Permanent visa (Validity: indefinite duration) (Cost: 200,000 RwF, approximately US$450 upon arrival in Rwanda)

Please direct all enquiries regarding Visa matters to:

Ambassador:

Mr Antoine Munyakazi-Juru, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda
C/- Mr Michel Makuza, First Counsellor
Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Japan (Jurisdiction over Australia)

1-17-17 Fukasawa Setagaya-ku
Tokyo 158-0081
Japan

Tel:  +81 (0)3 5752 4255
Fax: +81 (0)3 3703 0342

E-mail: ambatokyo@minaffet.gov.rw

Please note the Consulate-General of the Republic of Rwanda in Australia does not issue Visas.

 

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