Info Note For Passengers Arriving Or Departing From Rwanda

As part of Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda
  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only acceptable test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours of departure (meaning that you get tested and get results no more than 5 days before your first flight). Please ensure that sample collection date and the type of test performed(RT-PCR) is stated on the certificate since other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDT’s), are not acceptable.
  • Complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate. Please see passenger locator form link on www.rbc.gov.rw.
  • All travelers arriving or transiting through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of the first test done prior to arrival.
  • All travelers are required to complete 24 hours in a designated transit hotel while awaiting the results of the second test.
  • The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at the designated hotels for the 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 applicable hotel’s rates.
  • The negotiated hotel rate is on full board basis (inclusive of three meals) and if a guest takes less than the three meals, no refund will be provided. Any extras will be paid separately upon order. List of the designated hotels

Every traveler arriving in Rwanda on an international flight must proceed to one of the selected hotels for a minimum of 24 hours.

Once at the hotel, the following shall be the process:

  • Step 1: You will be tested for COVID-19 and there will be a medical team to assist whenever needed all for 60 USD (A medical service fee of 10USD and 50 USD for the test).For further information on payment method for Covid-19 test please visit www.rbc.gov.rw
  • Step 2: Wait for the test results to be received by SMS or email, the turnaround time for results return is 24hrs from the time a sample is collected.
  • Step 3: If your test result is negative, you will be invited to checkout or extend your stay in the same hotel at applicable hotel’s rates
  • Step 4: If you get sick with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19(even if you have no symptoms) while in Rwanda, you will be taken care of as indicated in the national covid-19 management guidelines until you have fully recovered, at your own cost. We encourage passengers to have international travel insurance.

  • All travelers departing from Rwanda must be tested negative for COVID-19. The only acceptable test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours before departure. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDT’s), are not acceptable. We encourage travelers to book, pay and have their samples collected at least 48 hours prior to departure through our online platform available on www.rbc.gov.rw
  • Travelers from neighboring countries planning to start their flights from Rwanda will be screened at points of entry and be taken to transit hotels where samples will be taken for a COVID-19 test. They are requested to arrive at transit hotels at least 72 hours before departure time. They are required to complete 48 hours in designated transit hotels while awaiting the results of their test. They will be tested and there will be a medical team to assist whenever needed all for 60 USD. (A medical service fee of 10USD and 50 USD for the test).
  • Should a test become positive, they will be taken care of as indicated in the national COVID-19 management guidelines until they have fully recovered, at their own cost and the flight change arrangements will be between the traveler and the respective airline. We encourage passengers to have international travel insurance.

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).

Emergency Contact Information

Toll free number: 114
RBC Medical Team on Duty at Airport 24/7: (+250) 784007072
Email: covid@rbc.gov.rw
Once again, we thank you for your cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.