In response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Rwanda has recently implemented the following entry and exit requirements.

Direct flights between Southern Africa and Rwanda are temporarily suspended.

All international travelers to Rwanda must complete a Passenger Locator Form before arriving. Passengers coming to Rwanda must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. Children under the age of 5 are exempt. COVID-19 test results must be uploaded to the passenger locator form prior to arrival.

On arrival, all travelers are tested for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status; the cost is USD 60 per person for a mandatory PCR test. After completing the test at the airport, travelers must quarantine for 24 hours at a designated hotel. An additional PCR test must be taken on day 7; the Government of Rwanda will cover the cost of this test.

Further to the testing requirements outlined above, passengers arriving from or has visited (in the last 7 days): Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe must quarantine for 7 days at a designated hotel.

“The testing procedures put in place by the Rwandan Government are very quick and efficient”, comments Kristin McGee from Travulous. “It has been a key priority of the authorities to minimize any disruption to travelers visiting Rwanda whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of its citizens.”

All travelers departing Rwanda must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours of leaving the country. Tests must be conducted by the Rwanda Biomedical Center, Provincial, or District Hospitals. Rapid tests are not accepted, and children under the age of 5 are exempt. Travelers are also reminded to check the COVID-19 protocols for their airline, final destination, or transit countries as they may have further requirements to comply with.

Agents and Operators requiring further information on the latest travel protocols for Rwanda, can contact Kristin at Travulous for assistance.


Image credit: Government of Rwanda