UPDATE: Rwanda COVID-19 Entry requirements

As part of Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is
mandatory upon entry into Rwanda as of 16th March 2021. Please don’t hesitate to ask Mandy any questions: 

 

Mandy@classicafricasafaris.travel

 

A. All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have 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 prior to departure

(meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid
Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children
under 5 years.

B. All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test
certificate before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form and list of designated transit
hotels on www.rbc.gov.rw.

C. All travelers arriving or transiting for up to 24 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take
a second RT-PCR test on arrival. Sample collection will be conducted at the airport upon arrival and waiting for
the results will be at designated transit hotels.

D. Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport. This is subject to the payment of 60 USD
(50USD for covid-19 test and 10USD for specific logistics at the airport). For travelers who opt for a cash
payment at arrival, the balance will be given in local currency (FRW). Travelers who do not use the payment
methods provided on the passenger locator form may be required to pay again at arrival and claim for refund
for any previous payment made.

E. All travelers transiting/connecting who are not leaving the airport and those who will leave the airport to
go to the designated transit hotels for less than 24 hours will be screened upon entry and are not required to
take a second test. This is not applicable for transiting travelers by land borders, in that case, travelers will be
tested using RT-PCR Test and wait for the results at the designated transit hotels before proceeding.

F. All travelers are required to wait 24 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test taken upon arrival in a
designated transit hotel. All COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Ministry of Health must be
respected during waiting the period.

Please note that this is mandatory for all incoming travelers, including those who have received
COVID-19 vaccine.

G. The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at designated transit hotels for the 24-hour
waiting period. Should a guest wish to remain in the hotel after receiving negative test results, they are
welcome to extend their stay at the hotel’s applicable rates.

INFO NOTE FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING OR DEPARTING FROM RWANDA I 2 of 2

DESIGNATED HOTELS
Once at the hotel, the process is as following:
• Test results can be checked on RBC website on the COVID-19 results portal by using phone number
entered while filling Passenger Locator Form and Unique code received when submitting Passenger
Locator Form prior to departure or by SMS and/or email. The turnaround time for results is 24hrs from
the time the sample is collected. If the results are not available and you have exceeded 24 hours, please
contact the hotel reception for quick follow up.
1. If a traveler’s test result is positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) while in Rwanda, they will be
treated as indicated in the National Covid-19 Management Guidelines until they have fully recovered,
at their own cost. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.
DEPARTURE:

• All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. The only accepted test is a SARS-
CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours before departure.

Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory
for accompanied children under 5 years. We encourage travelers to book and pay for their tests at
least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on www.rbc.gov.rw

• All departing travelers are required to wait 48 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test from the time
of sample collection.
• Travelers are advised to check with airlines regarding COVID-19 requirements with final destination and/
or transiting countries if required.
• Travelers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID-19 PCR test results, if the results
are not yet out within 48 hours as mentioned above, please contact BIOS LAB HELP DESK on (+250)
787243836 or (+250) 788793446 or (+250) 784026239.
• If travelers test results are positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) while in Rwanda, they will be
treated as indicated in the National Covid-19 Management Guidelines until they have fully recovered, at
their own cost. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.

REMINDER
The preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health must be observed by all, especially
frequent hand-washing, proper wearing of face masks in public, and maintaining safe physical distance
from others (at least one meter apart). For more details about COVID-19 clinical management guidelines,
please visit www.rbc.gov.rw.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
• Toll free number: 114
• RBC Medical Team on Duty at Airport 24/7: (+250) 781415724
• Email: covid@rbc.gov.rw
Once again, we thank you for your cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

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