COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: August 1, 2022

Country-Specific Information

  • Kigali International Airport is open.
  • There are currently no testing requirements to enter or depart Rwanda.
  • Masks/face coverings are not mandatory outdoors but are recommended indoors and in crowded places.
  • The Government of Rwanda has a zero-tolerance policy for exporting positive COVID-19 cases. If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival or during your time in Rwanda (even if you are fully vaccinated), the severity of your symptoms will determine whether you are isolated in a government-run treatment center or a hotel at your own cost. You will not be permitted to leave Rwanda until you receive a negative test result. The U.S. Embassy cannot pressure the Rwandan health authorities to release you from isolation or permit you to exit Rwanda until you receive a negative test result.  Your vaccination status does not change these protocols.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Rwanda? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yesfor rapid antigen tests
  • U.S. citizens should consult the Rwanda Biomedical Center’s (RBC) for information about all testing requirements, to include arrival and departure. Their website is here.
  • PCR tests can be booked online through the online platform Irembo, found here and are conducted at Camp Kigali, in central Kigali next to the Serena Hotel. PCR tests cost approximately $50 (or RWF 47,200). Payment is required for U.S. citizens and the U.S. Embassy recommends paying with credit card or cash at the testing site. PCR test results are generally delivered within 48 hours via text message (results only) and through the RBC’s COVID-19 Test Results Portal here.
  • RBC offers rapid antigen testing without appointment at dozens of accredited private hospitals/clinics throughout Rwanda. Rapid antigen tests cost approximately $5 (RWF 5,000). A complete list of accredited private clinics offering this service is found here. Rapid antigen test results are available shortly after the sample is taken and are delivered in person and/or via text message.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Rwanda approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Rwanda for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Rwanda? Rwanda has several WHO-approved vaccines.
  • Rwandan citizens and residents must be fully vaccinated in order to access public places (including public transport).
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  •  Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    – The Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) website is the source of detailed guidance for travelers to Rwanda and is located here. U.S. citizens are encouraged to read the “Info Note for Passengers”, with the link located on the left side of RBC’s website.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
  • All requests for visa extensions for residents and/or tourists should be addressed to the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration. Their website is here.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Buses are permitted to operate at full capacity. All passengers must be vaccinated.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • Violations of COVID-19 restrictions may face punishments ranging from fines of up to RWF 50,000 and/or up to five days in police custody (depending on the violation). 

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy is offering routine appointments to U.S. citizens. Please go to https://rw.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ to learn about the services and how to schedule an appointment.
  • The U.S. Embassy is offering visa appointments for citizens and residents of Rwanda.

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