The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has announced the reopening of tourism activities, with international charter flights resuming on Wednesday (June 17).

“Rwanda’s tourism industry is adapting to create a safe environment for travellers and operators to thrive in these unprecedented times,” said Chief Tourism Officer of RDB, Belise Kariza.

“We encourage all travel enthusiasts and nature explorers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to venture out and experience the beauty and adventure that our country has to offer.”

Together with the private sector, the RDB is offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans, foreign residents and international travellers.

These packages have been designed to showcase Rwanda’s leisure and recreational experiences. There are also promotional offers available for domestic, regional and international tourists until December 31 at Rwanda’s national parks.

Gorilla trekking permits are now available for US$200 for Rwandans and East African Community nationals residing in Rwanda, US$500 for foreign residents, and US$1 500 for international tourists.

Tour operators and hotel rates offer a 15% discount on each permit purchased, which includes one night’s accommodation and tourism activity.

Earlier this month, the RDB published guidelines for reopening tourism activities during COVID-19. Under the guidelines, domestic tourists visiting Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes national parks are required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to visiting.

All visitors travelling on charter flights must test negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to arrival and will have to take a second COVID-19 test prior to visiting any tourist attraction. The cost of the test will be included in tour packages.

For more information on the tourism reopening guidelines, please click here.

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