Covid-19 Travel: What to Know Before Visit Rwanda


After the long lock down in the world due to the Covid-19 attack, countries like Rwanda came up with some measures to ease tourism and all travelers arriving in Rwanda for the gorilla tours are required to have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV2 Real Time Polymerase (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure for Rwanda. All other forms of COVID-19 tests are not permitted.

The Government of Rwanda has a zero-tolerance policy for exporting positive COVID-19 cases. If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival or during your time in Rwanda, the severity of your symptoms will determine whether you are isolated in a government-run treatment center or a hotel at your own cost. You will not be permitted to leave Rwanda until you receive a negative PCR test result, which could take several weeks from the first detection of your infection.

The U.S. Embassy has no ability to pressure the Rwandan health authorities to release you from isolation or permit you to exit Rwanda until you receive a negative PCR test result.

Travelers departing Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure.

Masks/face coverings are required in public.

Starting May 6, 2021 in Kigali and all other districts curfew is in place

– Movements are prohibited between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM.

– All businesses must close by 9:00 PM.

– Restaurants and cafés shall resume with 50 percent occupancy limit and shall receive clients until 9:00 PM.

– Bars will remain closed.

– Private businesses will continue with essential staff at no more than 30 percent capacity. Markets and malls will continue for essential vendors and must not exceed 50 percent of registered traders. All businesses must close by 8:00 PM.

– All schools (public and private), including universities remain open.

– Public transport (buses) should not exceed 75 percent capacity. Motorcycle taxis are permitted to carry passengers and must observe strict hygiene.

– Physical meetings may resume but must not exceed 30 percent of venue capacity. COVID-19 testing is required for meetings of more than 20 people.

– Individual and non-contact sports are permitted. Gyms will be allowed to resume activities on a gradual basis pending a detailed reopening schedule to be communicated by the Ministry of Sports.

Movements remain prohibited between 7:00 PM and 4:00 AM in the Southern Province districts of Ruhango, Nyanza, Huye, Gisagara, Nyaruguru and Nyamagabe.

There are no restrictions on intercity or interstate travel

– Travel between Kigali and all other provinces has resumed.

– Travelers, including drivers, traveling to tourism entities within Kigali and other provinces and districts are required to complete and submit movement requests through the Tourism Movement Facilitation Form found in the country.


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