COVID-19

COVID-19 Protocols & Entry Requirements

International Travel Status

Open - Rwanda reopened its borders to international guests on 17 June 2020.

Access into Rwanda

Kigali International Airport is open but land borders remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandan citizens and residents.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Covid-19 testing is no longer a requirement to enter Rwanda.

Exit Requirements

  • A COVID-19 test is not a requirement for guests departing Rwanda by air. Covid testing is however available for travelers whose final destination requires one.

Safari

  • Tourists visiting Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test certificate taken 24 hours before visiting the primates. Those visiting Akagera National Park require a negative Antigen Rapid Test certificate.
  • Volcanoes National Park: All international guests are expected to present their test results at the Kinigi reception center prior to visiting Volcanoes National Park. For gorillas, a group of 6 (six) trackers will be permitted for a maximum of 1 (one) hour for every visitation. For golden monkeys, a group of 12 (twelve) trackers will be permitted for a maximum of 1 (one) hour for every visitation. Trackers must wear masks and are required to maintain a distance of at least 10 meters (32 feet) from gorillas at all times.
  • Nyungwe National Park: All international guests are expected to present their test results at the Uwinka or Gisakura visitor centers prior to visiting the park. For chimpanzees, a group of 8 (eight) trackers will be permitted for a maximum of 1 (one) hour for every visitation. Trackers must wear masks and are expected to maintain a distance of at least 10 (ten) meters (32 feet) at all times while visiting primates in Nyungwe National Park.
  • Akagera National Park:  An Antigen Rapid Test will be conducted at the entrance. The results are available within 15 minutes after a test is taken. Day and night drives limit the number of people to 6 (six) per safari vehicle and boat trips to 6 (six) people per trip.
  • Face masks are not mandatory but guests are encouraged to use them in public indoor settings.

COVID-19 Testing

Guests must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test that is no more than 24 hours old to enter the Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks. A negative PCR or rapid antigen test is required to enter Akagera National Park.

Kigali International Airport: A PCR test costs USD 50 per person while a RAT costs USD 5 per person. Cash or credit card accepted. Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Guests will be required to wait in a designated quarantine hotel for 24 hours until their test results are released.

Volcanoes National Park: PCR tests are organized at all the properties in the area. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, One & Only Gorilla Heights, Singita Kwitonda & Kataza House, Bisate Lodge, and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Cost: USD 50. Cash is the preferred payment. Results are returned in 12 to 24 hours.

Nyungwe National Park: PCR tests are organized at One & Only Nyungwe House. Test: USD 50 + USD 20 per person for transport. Cash is the preferred payment. Results are returned in 12 to 24 hours

Akagera National Park: Rapid Antigen Tests are organized at Kayonza, Rwamagana or Nyagatare. Cost: USD 5 per person. Cash is the preferred payment. Results are returned in 1 to 3 hours.

We are only acting as a facilitator to assist guests who are booked on a safari with us to acquire their COVID-19 test. All testing is carried out by third parties with no association or affiliation with us and we are not liable or responsible for any issues, delays, or problems encountered during the testing process or the performance or nonperformance of the testing facilities.

 

Please note: The above information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy and the information and detail change regularly. Please always check travel restrictions both in your home country and the destination you are travelling to before you book and before travel.

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