Rwanda (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Required to present a negative COVID-19 test and additional PCR Covid-19 test
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 07.09.2021
1. Passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form before departure at .
2. Passengers entering or transiting through Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.
3. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for up to 24 hours until the result is ready.
4. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 14 days before arrival.
5. More information can be found at


Detailed Tourist Information

The Government of Rwanda has published guidance for passengers arriving into and departing from Rwanda ( This is mandatory for all incoming passengers, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Arriving passengers at Kigali International airport must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to first departure. Negative test certificates must include the term ‘PCR’. COVID-19 testing is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. All passengers must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport. 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.

All passengers will be screened upon entry.

If you are entering Rwanda you will need to take a PCR test on arrival. The testing costs 60 US dollars. You must wait 24 hours for the results in a designated transit hotel and respect all COVID-19 prevention measures. Test results can be checked on the Rwanda Biomedical Centre website. If your test result is positive, even if asymptomatic, while in Rwanda, you will be treated in line with Rwanda’s COVID-19 management guidelines until you have fully recovered, at your own cost.

If you are transiting Rwanda you may or may not need to take a test, depending on the length and type of transit. You should follow the Rwandan Government’s guidance for arriving into and departing from Rwanda and comply with health guidelines.

All passengers arriving from India are required to complete 7 days in mandatory quarantine upon arrival at a designated hotel at their own cost.

Entry at land borders remains restricted.

Lockdown Details

From 2 to 22 September, updated measures are in place. Some events and gatherings (concerts, festivals, exhibitions etc) shall resume gradually for vaccinated and tested participants. A number of restrictions remain in place including on business opening hours and limits on the capacity of public transport and restaurant occupancy. All bars remain closed.

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