Entry rules in response to coronavirus

Entry to Rwanda

Kigali car rentals wishes to share the most up to date information reegarding the entry rules to Rwanda with the recent corona virus SOPs.

On arrival to Kigali International Airport, All arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 120 hours of departure. Negative test certificates must include the term ‘PCR’. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. The government of Rwanda have published guidance for passengers arriving into Rwanda. Land borders remain closed, except to returning Rwandan citizens and legal residents.

Screening on arrival

Screening procedures are in place for coronavirus (and Ebola) at all entry points.

Quarantine requirements

After providing proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (as outlined above), all arriving passengers must then enter quarantine at a designated hotel for 24 hours whilst awaiting the results of a second COVID-19 test, taken on arrival. Designated hotels can be found in the Government of Rwanda guidance. The test will cost $50USD. If the results are negative you are free to leave quarantine. If the results are positive, you will be required to enter a government treatment facility.

Testing on departure

Exit screening is in place for all departing travellers. Any travellers exhibiting a symptom associated with coronavirus will be prevented from leaving the country and will be moved to isolation for testing. If an individual tests positive, they will be treated in a Government of Rwanda healthcare facility.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

You need a visa to enter Rwanda. Thirty-day tourist visas are free and available on arrival for citizens of country members of the Commonwealth, African Union or La Francophonie, including the UK.

You can also choose to get a visa in advance at any Rwandan diplomatic mission or online. Further information about visa requirements is available from the Rwandan High Commission.

If you’re planning to apply for resident/business or missionary multiple entry visas on entry to Rwanda you will need to get UK police clearance before you travel. You can find details of how to do this on the ACRO Criminal Records Office website. This usually takes a minimum of 10 working days to process.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Rwanda. You’ll need one blank page on your passport for entry stamps.

If your UK passport has expired since 1 January 2020, or is due to expire before October 2020, the Government of Rwanda have agreed that such passports will be treated as valid for travel until December 2021. However, you still need to ensure you have a valid visa to remain in Rwanda. You should renew your visa if required at the Rwanda Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Rwanda. If you’re travelling into Rwanda on an ETD, you’ll be expected to provide Rwandan Immigration with a reason for the use of an ETD, eg proof of residency. If you’re seeking to use a two-way ETD, should clear this with Rwandan Immigration before you travel.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.