Rwanda Sets New Coronavirus COVID-19 Travel Conditions for Tourists
Rwanda was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to order a total shutdown because of the coronavirus. A number of Rwanda safari destinations including Volcanoes National Park are currently temporarily closed as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus. However, Rwanda is considering easing the existing Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions that had completely grounded the travel & tourism sector in order to make it possible for both locals and internationals interested in Rwanda safari tours to resume visits to various sites.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, tourism was Rwanda’s biggest foreign exchange earner. But the government had since March permanently shut down the country’s tourism sector and closed borders and airports to cub the importation rate of the disease.
New Coronavirus COVID-19 Travel Conditions for Tourists
If you are one of those that want to visit Rwanda, here are a new set of guidelines that have been set to revive Rwanda’s tourism sector.
- The Government is considering allowing tourists travelling by charter flights (individual and groups) as long as they have a confirmed Rwanda tour booking to a tourist attraction in Rwanda.
- Tourists and flight crew members are expected to test negative twice for coronavirus Covid-19 results.
- Tourists will also be expected to test at least once on arrival before entering Rwanda for their Rwanda safaris.
- Upon arrival, tourists will be transferred to a transit hotel while waiting for the Covid-19 results, approximately 5 hours and the cost to be included in the Rwanda safari tour packages.
- Rwanda Tour operators and guides will pick their customers from transit hotel after results are out.
- A cost of U$(to be determined) per Covid-19 test will be included in the tourists’ packages for their safaris in Rwanda.
- While in the country, tourists and flight crew members are expected to abide by the Ministry of Health guidelines and specific guidelines for all tourists destinations in Rwanda including Rwanda National Parks.
- For emergency, question and or feedback related to Covid-19 tourists will contact toll-free 114.
- Domestic tourists visiting Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Parks are required to test negative prior to visiting these attractions. The test should be taken 72 hours prior to the visit date.
- Tourists are required to visit these Rwanda safari destinations within 72 hours of the negative results date. The results should be presented at the Parks’ reception.
- District and referral hospitals will be used for testing of domestic travellers. They need to have a confirmed booking.
As of today 13th June 2020, Rwanda has so far recorded a total of 494 coronavirus cases, 313 patients have so far recovered while two patients have lost their lives.
About Rwanda’s Current Lockdown Situation
All unnecessary movements outside homes were banned until the lockdown is done except for essential services such as health care and shopping for groceries.
Both public and private workers were ordered to work from home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Rwanda also closed its borders completely, except for goods and cargo and returning citizens. However, they have to be quarantined for two weeks (14 Days).
Meanwhile, authorities have warned business owners not to increase prices of basic commodities.
Public gatherings like places of worship were banned, and those who defy the orders are to be arrested.