Citizens and Rwanda residents must be fully vaccinated in order to access public places. Fully vaccinated means having two doses and a booster shot when eligible (administered 3 months after second dose). In addition the public is urged to get frequently tested while continuing to observe preventive measures including properly wearing face masks and hand hygiene.

Info Note For Passengers Arriving Or Departing From Rwanda

Arrival

As part of Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda, effective 10th April 2022:

  1. Arriving passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Rapid Test taken 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. Incoming travelers eligible (aged 12 years and above) for Covid-19 vaccine are encouraged to be fully vaccinated before their travel.
  2. Covid-19 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) will be taken upon arrival at own cost and traveler will do self-isolation until they get negative PCR test results.
  3. At the airport, the payment for COVID-19 tests taken on arrival of 57,200 Frw or 60 USD (50USD for covid-19 test and 10USD for specific logistics to the airport) will be done as per the indications of the passenger locator form. For passengers who opt for a cash payment at arrival, the balance will be given in Local currency (FRW). The passenger who wouldn’t use the payment methods on the passenger locator form may be required to pay again at arrival and claim for refund for any previous payment made.
  4. In order to facilitate Rwandan citizens to test regularly for Covid-19 and to know their status, including Rwandans returning home, the Government of Rwanda will subsidize the cost of Covid-19 test taken on arrival; Rwandan citizens will pay Rwf 40,000 or 40 USD (30USD for covid-19 test and 10USD for specific logistics to the airport) instead of current cost.
  5. All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 Rapid test certificate taken within 72 hours before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form on www.rbc.gov.rw.
Transit
  1. All transiting passengers must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 Rapid test certificate taken within 72 hours before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form on www.rbc.gov.rw. Transiting passengers for more than 12 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a RT-PCR test at own cost before entry to Rwanda.
  2. Transiting/connecting travelers who are not leaving the airport for less than 12 hours will be screened upon entry and not required to take a second test (This is not applicable for transiting passengers by land borders, in that case, passengers will be tested using RT-PCR test on arrival). In that case, the results will be fast tracked.
Self-Isolation

Once self-isolated at home, the process is as following:

  1. Test results for RT-PCR taken on arrival will be checked on RBC website of covid-19 results portal by using phone number entered while filling Passenger Locator Form and Unique code received when submitted Passenger Locator Form prior to departures or by SMS and/or email, and the turnaround time for results is 24 hours from the time a sample is collected. If the results are not out and you are beyond 24 hours, please contact RBC Medical Team on Duty at Airport 24/7: (+250) 781415724 for help.
  2. 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 available on www.rbc.gov.rw until they have fully recovered, at their own cost. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.
Departure
  1. Departing passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Rapid test taken 72 hours prior to departure. PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure will be required for departing passengers depending on requirement at destination. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. Travelers must take their tests 2 days prior to departure.
  2. All Rwandans travelers eligible (aged 12 years and above) for Covid-19 vaccine departing from Rwanda must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means having two doses and a booster short when eligible (administered 3 months after the second dose).
  3.  Travelers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative Covid-19 test results as required, if the PCR results are not yet out within 48 hours as mentioned above, please contact BIOS LAB HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 787793446 or (+250) 784026239.
  4. 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 available on www.rbc.gov.rw until they have fully recovered, at their own cost. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.
Reminder
Emergency Contact Information

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.

  • 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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