Rwanda re-opens to Tourism

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The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has officially  announced the reopening of tourism activities as well as the resumption of international travel for charter flights, effective 17 June 2020.

This followed an extraordinary cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Tuesday  which resolved that hotels be allowed to host gatherings, meetings and conferences effective immediately.

The well-being of all travelers is our top priority and we have therefore put robust health and safety guidelines in place.

Together with the private sector, RDB is offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans and foreign residents. These packages have been designed to showcase Rwanda’s remarkable leisure and recreational experiences, from adventures in the mountains, to memorable excursions in serene landscapes, and a taste of our lively cities.

Commenting on the reopening, Belise Kariza, the Chief Tourism Officer at RDB said:

“Rwanda’s tourism industry is adapting to create a safe environment for travelers and operators, in order to thrive in these unprecedented times. We encourage all travel enthusiasts and nature explorers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to venture out and experience the beauty and adventure that our country has to offer.”

Promotional offers are available until 31st December 2020 in our National Parks:

  • Gorilla permits are now available for USD 200 for Rwandans & EAC nationals residing in Rwanda, and USD 500 for foreign residents.
  • Special packages are available for groups, families and corporates on other products in Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks.
Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer at RDB

Specific precautionary measures are as follows:

  • Domestic tourists visiting Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks are required to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to visiting these attractions. A private test center has been set up at Petit Stade, Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali, by appointment only. Other test centers outside Kigali will be communicated as demand grows.
  • All visitors travelling by charter flights are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival. Tourists will take a second COVID-19 test prior to visiting any tourist attraction.

For more information on the tourism reopening guidelines, please visit: http://www.rdb.rw/visitrwandaguidelines. Information on promotional packages will be communicated through various media platforms.

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