Travelling to Rwanda
Rwanda can be entered by flying to Kigali International Airport (Code: KGL) or from bordering countries at the border crossings. Read the Visa Information to determine whether you will need to apply for a visa prior to visiting Rwanda.
Currently, there are no direct flights that leave Australia and land in Rwanda. It is recommended that you leave sufficient time between connecting flights to ensure that you do not miss subsequent flights.
COVID-19: INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING OR DEPARTING FROM RWANDA
As part of Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda as of 14th October 2021:
• All travelers arriving in Rwanda must present a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. Please note that COVID-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.
• Fully vaccinated travelers and children below 18 years will no longer be required to quarantine at designated hotels upon arrival but will be required to self-isolate and wait for the results at home or at booked hotel. Arriving travelers must present a valid vaccination certificate showing their full vaccination status to be eligible for this exception.
• All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger passenger locator form available via www.rbc.gov.rw and upload the COVID-19 test certificate and vaccine certificate (if applicable) before heading to the airport.
Once at the hotel, the process is as follows:
• Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 and there will be a medical team to assist for a total cost of 60 USD (includes 50 USD for the test and a medical service fee of 10 USD). For further information on payment
method for COVID-19 test, please visit www.rbc.gov.rw
• Test results will be checked on RBC website of covid-19 results portal by using phone number entered while filling Passenger Locator Form and Unique code received when submitted Passenger Locator Form prior to departures or by SMS and/or email, and the turnaround time for results is 24hrs from the time a sample is collected. If the results are not out and you are beyond 24 hours, please contact the hotel reception for quick follow up.
• If a traveler’s test result is positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) while in Rwanda, they will be treated as indicated in the National Covid-19 Management Guidelines until they have fully recovered, at their own cost. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.
For travelers departing from Rwanda, they should abide by the restrictions below:
• All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours before departure. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. We encourage travelers to register and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on www.rbc.gov.rw.
• Travelers are advised to check with airlines about the COVID-19 requirements with final destination and/or transiting countries if required.
• Travelers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID-19 PCR test results, if the results are not yet out within 48 hours as mentioned above, please contact RBC-Laboratory HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 787793446 or (+250) 784026239.
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. Yellow Fever immunisations/vaccinations are compulsory for travel to all areas of Rwanda if you are coming from a nation affected by it.
The following immunisations/vaccinations are recommended for travel to all areas of Rwanda:
- Hepatitis A
- Malaria prophylaxis (with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline)
The following immunisations/vaccinations should be considered for travel to all areas of Rwanda:
- Hepatitis B
Please consult with your doctor for more specific advice.
The preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health must be observed by all, especially frequent hand-washing, proper wearing of face masks in public, and maintaining safe physical distance from others (at least one meter apart). For more details about COVID-19 clinical management guidelines, please visit www.rbc.gov.rw.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
• Toll free number: 114
• RBC Medical Team on Duty at Airport 24/7: (+250) 781415724
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION
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