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How to travel to Rwanda during Corvid19

Country-Specific Information:

  • Rwanda recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 14, 2020.
  • At this time, Rwanda has resumed many business operations, including restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism operations. All business establishments, including restaurants, shops, markets and malls must close operations daily by 6:00 PM.
  • National parks are open to visitors with a negative COVID-19 test.
  • All gyms and swimming pools are closed (those at hotels may be used only by tested hotel residents).
  • Rwanda has resumed international air travel, but its land borders remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandan citizens and residents.
  • Masks/face coverings are required in public.
  • All social gatherings and events including wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, and conferences are prohibited.
  • 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. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    – Travelers to Rwanda must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 120 hours before their initial flight. The U.S. Embassy recommends that travelers carry a printed copy of their negative test results during all legs of their flights to Rwanda.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    – Upon arrival to Rwanda, visitors will be tested at the airport (at their expense) and taken to a designated quarantine hotel of their choice. They will be required to quarantine in their hotel room until they receive a negative COVID-19 result, approximately 24 hours after arrival.
    – Before travel to Rwanda, passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.  To fill out this form, passengers must be able to provide passport information, travel details, negative PCR COVID-19 test results, and a booking confirmation at one of the designated hotels for a 24-hour quarantine upon arrival.   The U.S. Embassy recommends that travelers carry a printed our copy of their Passenger Locator form during all legs of their flights to Rwanda.
    – More information about travel, quarantine, and testing procedures for visitors to Rwanda can be found at the Government of Rwanda’s COVID-19 website.
    – U.S. citizens may receive a visa upon arrival.  Additional information about visas to travel to Rwanda and visa extensions can be found here.
    – Travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours before departure, and are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least two days prior to departure through the online platform available here.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    – Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    – Public and private transport is prohibited to and from the city of Kigali as well as between different districts. Travel will only be permitted for medical reasons and essential services.
    – Domestic and international tourists may travel across districts but must possess negative COVID-19 test results.
    – Travelers visiting national parks must test negative for COVID-19 at their own expense.
    – The Government of Rwanda may, at any time, impose lockdowns of neighborhoods and cities to contain COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to assist if U.S. citizens encounter difficulty with movement restrictions.
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Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    – Travelers entering Rwanda, including U.S. citizens, must complete 24 hours of quarantine at one of the Government of Rwanda’s designated hotels while waiting for the results of their COVID-19 test. Travelers are responsible for making a reservation at one of the designated quarantine hotels before their departure for Rwanda.  You can find information about the quarantine hotels here

COVID-19 Testing:

  • COVID-19 testing is available upon request by the Rwandan Biomedical Centre.  A COVID-19 test costs $50 USD or 47,200 RWF.  For more information about obtaining a COVID-19 test in Rwanda, please visit the Rwandan Biomedical Centre’s website.  Very recent COVID-19 tests are required prior to visiting many of Rwanda’s national parks, including gorilla treks.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    – The Kigali International Airport is open with limited scheduled flights.
    – Some travelers report difficulties in international travel en route to or departing Rwanda.
    – Land borders remain closed.
    – Public transportation, including motorcycle taxis, is available.  Social distancing is required on buses, and masks are required.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Violations of COVID-19 restrictions may face punishments ranging from fines of up to 50,000 RWF and/or to up to five days in police custody depending on the violation. 

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy is offering a reduced number of American Citizens Services, including passport renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. To make an appointment, please visit our website.
  • The U.S. Embassy has temporarily suspended all visa operations.
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Justo Nov 18, 2019

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I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .