Rwanda COVID-19 information for January 2022
Starting from 10th January 2022 all arriving passengers in Rwanda must go quarantine for 24 hours quarantine at a hotel that was designated by Rwanda Government at passengers’ own cost, also all passengers will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and an additional mandatory COVID-19 PCR test will be performed on day three post-arrival to Rwanda. It is also important to NOTE that all the PCR COVID-19 tests will be at travelers’ cost.
Regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, everyone must provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival and also take another test on the arrival
Rwanda’s COVID-19 specific Information you need to know traveling to Rwanda
- Rwanda’s International Airports remains open 24/7.
- All travelers require negative PCR COVID-19 test results taken within 72hours of departure or to board a flight to Rwanda.
- All travelers departing Rwanda also must test negative for COVID-19 within 72hours before departure.
- All people must put on face masks when in the public.
- Rwanda’s Government 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 (even if you are fully vaccinated), the severity of your symptoms will determine whether you are isolated in a government-run treatment center or a hotel at your own cost, and you will not be allowed leave Rwanda until you receive a negative PCR test result which can take sometimes few weeks from the first detection of your infection, and also please take NOTE that your vaccination status does not change these protocols so keep this in mind.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers about COVID-19 Testing in Rwanda
- Is a PCR and/or antigen test available for all travelers coming in and out of Rwanda? Yes COVID-19 PCR test is available to all travelers.
- Is the COVID-19 PCR test result reliably available within one day to all travelers? Yes, you can get your results within one day, and also rapid antigen test is also available.
- Can I book a PCR test online pre-arrival to Rwanda? Yes COVID-19 PCR tests for all travelers to Rwanda can be easily booked online through the online platform Irembo
- How much does the COVID-19 PCR test for travel costs in Rwanda? Rwanda COVID-19 PCR tests cost approximately $50 per person (or RWF 47,200 per person) and online payment is also available but Kisoro Tours Uganda would recommend that you pay using your credit card at the testing site.
- After testing how long will it take to get my PCR test results? Rwanda CVID-19 PCR test results are generally delivered within 48 hours via email or text message on your phone. Take NOTE that all passengers departing Rwanda are required to print out the COVID-19 travel certificate of COVID-19 Test Results and carry them to enter the airport for departure.
Rwanda COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Is there an approved COVID-19 vaccine in Rwanda? Yes, the government of Rwanda has approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use so if you are not vaccinated you can easily get vaccinated here in Rwanda.
- Are the vaccines available in Rwanda for all travelers? Yes, the vaccine is available to everyone and it is free in all Government facilities.
- Which type of vaccine is available in Rwanda? The government of Rwanda has different vaccines approved by WHO.
Rwanda Entry and Exit Key Requirements for all Travelers During COVID-19 Pandemic Period?
- Are all travelers from different parties of the world permitted to enter Rwanda? Yes currently there are no restrictions on any country
- All people intending to travel to Rwanda must fill out the Passenger Locator Form and upload the negative COVID-19 test certificate before their departure to Rwanda, you can get the Passenger Locator Form on the left side of RBC’s website.
- Do the travelers require a negative COVID-19 PCR test at the entry point to Rwanda? Yes, every traveler is required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test at every entry point.
- PCR COVID-19 testing on the arrival in Rwanda is not required for accompanied children under 5 years old.
- Are there other health screening procedures at the airport and other entry points? Yes at the airports and other entry point there is other health screening.
- All travelers will be subjected to a test for COVID-19 on the arrival at the airport and entry pion at your own cost and payment can be made online or cash on the arrival.
- Is the transit passenger also required to test for COVID-19 at the airport? All the transit passengers who are not leaving the airport will be screened on the entry and are not required to test on the arrival at the airport.
- If a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 while in Rwanda if the traveler is already vaccinated, they will be treated as indicated in the National COVID-19 Management Guidelines until they have fully recovered and test negative and all treatment will be at the traveler’s expense.
- All the departing travelers must have tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours before departure.
- All those who require visas should address their application to the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration on their website
About the Movement Restrictions in Rwanda due to COVID-19
- Does Rwanda have a curfew? Yes there is a curfew in the place which starts at 10:00 pm and ends at 4:00 am and all businesses in Rwanda have to close by 9:00 pm
- Are there restrictions on the movement of intercity/districts? Yes there are restrictions on the movement between districts/cities
- Private offices will continue working at 30 percent capacity and all business owners have to ensure that the employees are fully vaccinated.
- Public transport will continue operating at full capacity but windows must be open for proper ventilation and public transport operators must ensure that all passengers are vaccinated.
- The physical conferences and meetings will continue at 50 percent capacity and participants have to be fully vaccinated and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test done 24 hours before the conference.
- All church services must not exceed 50 percent of maximum capacity and in Kigali churches services must not exceed 30 percent of maximum capacity.
- Traditional weddings, civil, and religious should not exceed 40 people, other parties and celebrations are prohibited.
- Night clubs are suspended, restaurants will continue to operate at 50 percent occupancy and Bars will continue to operate at 50 percent occupancy and they must close by 8:00 PM.
Information about Quarantine in Rwanda due to Covid-19
Are all travelers required to quarantine on arrival in Rwanda? yes starting from January 10, 2022, all arriving passengers must quarantine for 24 hours at a designated quarantine hotel at travelers’ own cost and a PCR test will be taken upon arrival also at the traveler’s cost.
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