Rwanda Tourism Post Covid-19
Rwanda Tourism Post Covid-19: As Rwanda and the world at large start to resume business after the Covid Pandemic surge, both international and domestic tourism has revamped as more tourists are travelling in order to escape the boredom and stress that comes with lockdown. For visitors travelling to Rwanda for Rwanda Safaris, here are the latest travel guidelines that you are expected to follow;
- As Rwanda reopens for tourism, we look forward to welcoming you to be at one with nature, while staying safe and healthy. All tourism activities, including primate trekking within Rwanda’s national parks, have now resumed in line with enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures. The well-being of travellers is Rwanda’s top priority and the country has put in place robust health and safety guidelines to ensure this.
- All travellers 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 of departure (meaning travellers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted. A second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered after 24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.
- Currently, international visitors arriving by flight can visit Rwanda. These visitors can enter Rwanda on the condition of fulfilling the health and safety requirements outlined in the Passenger Locator Form. Visitors must complete the Passenger Locator Form before arrival in Kigali.
- Visitors arriving from India and Uganda are required to complete 7 days in mandatory quarantine upon arrival at the designated hotels (Ubumwe Grande Hotel, Landmark Suites, Corina K. Guest house and Colours Club SPA & Garden Resort) at their own cost.
- Together with the private sector, Visit Rwanda is offering attractive packages for visitors, Rwandans and foreign residents. Visa on arrival remains available for all visitors to the country.
- Cancellation policies have been updated to accommodate travellers impacted during this the pandemic. Also new incentives have been created for tourism and travel stakeholders.
- All guests staying at various hotels countrywide are required to present a negative SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or Rapid Antigen Test. For international tourists who will have taken a second test upon arrival in the country, the negative test results will be valid for 72 hours. They will be required to take a rapid test after this period elapses.
- The only accepted test for tourists visiting Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura national parks is the SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) taken within 72 hours. A negative Rapid Antigen Test taken within 72 hours will be accepted for Akagera National Park.
- All other tourism destinations including hotel stays will accept either a Rapid Antigen Test or SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) taken within 72 hours.
- Travellers, including drivers and guides, are required to fill and submit movement requests together with copies of negative COVID-19 test results to email@example.com at least 24 hours prior to the trip.
- The cost of the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is Rwf 47,200 (USD 50) for travellers departing Rwanda and Rwf 57,200 (USD 60) for arriving visitors. The cost of a Rapid Antigen test is Rwf 10,000 and results are typically available within 15 minutes of the test being taken. A list of accredited private clinics that provide COVID-19 Rapid Antigen tests can be accessed at the official website for the Rwanda Biomedical Centre at www.rbc.gov.rw
- Hotel guests under the age of 12, accompanied by parents with a negative test certificate, are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing.
For more information about Rwanda’s response and daily updates on COVID-19, please visit get in touch with our team of expert tour consultants on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourists travelling to any of the national parks in Rwanda are now required to complete a guest registration and indemnity form in advance of their visit and submit the form electronically to the park. Please find the forms to print and sign below:
For those visiting Volcanoes National Park, kindly submit to email@example.com.
Visitors travelling Nyungwe Forest National Park submit to firstname.lastname@example.org and for those planning to visit to Akagera National Park, you are required to register and fill you indemnity forms which you should submit to email@example.com
Alternatively, you can print out the forms, fill them in and provide them on arrival in the respective national parks.
Rwanda is also offering special offers for tourists visiting its national parks. Some of these special offers include;
- Gorilla permits are now available at USD 200 for Rwandans and EAC nationals, USD 500 for African Union citizens and foreign residents in Rwanda and USD 1,500 for international tourists.
- Special packages are available for groups, families and corporates on other products in Volcanoes and Nyungwe national parks.
- These special offers are valid until 31 December 2022.