Covid PCR and Rapid Test No longer mandatory for Travellers to Rwanda: Tourists coming or exiting Rwanda no longer need to produce a negative Covid test, according to the most recent August 2022 Covid 19 revisions. However, all of the country’s national parks still need a Covid 19 Test. Visitors can take a PCR or Rapid test depending on whatever activity they want to conduct while at the site. Despite the Corona virus outbreak in 2019, Rwanda continues to draw a large number of tourists, especially for gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes National Park.

Furthermore, tourists to the Nyungwe Forest National Park have increased for chimp trekking expeditions and the canopy walk, as well as animal safaris in Akagera National Park. Although Covid testing is no longer obligatory for tourists to Rwanda, visitors are advised to do so.

An extra Covid test is no longer necessary upon arrival at Kigali International Airport for visitors coming by plane.

Certain meeting locations, as well as national parks, continue to need Covid 19 testing. Rapid tests cost 5,000 Rwandan Francs or the equivalent of $5 USD at health facilities and other specified venues. For PCR testing for all primate monitoring efforts in Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks, as well as Gishwati- Mukura National Park, Rwandan nationals must pay 30,000 RWF or $30 USD for foreigners.

Covid PCR and Rapid Test No longer mandatory for Travellers to Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes

Face masks are no longer required in Rwanda, however they are urged to be used inside or in enclosed settings.

Furthermore, the public was asked to be tested on a regular basis while continuing to practice preventative measures like as social distance and hand cleanliness.

In Rwanda, Covid test results are sent by SMS via the internet portal Visitors are urged to contact the RBC on 114 or if they are having trouble getting their findings.

For air travelers exiting Rwanda;

A Covid test is no longer required to fly out of the country. However, Covid testing is offered at health centers and other specified facilities for travelers whose ultimate destination requires it.

Before exiting Rwanda by flight, all Rwandans aged 12 and up must provide confirmation of complete immunization. Travelers aged 18 and above must be completely vaccinated, which includes two doses and a booster injection, which must be delivered three months after the second dosage.

National Parks in Rwanda that you may visit on your Rwanda safari.

Pac National Des Volcanos a.k.a Volcanoes National Park

Dian Fossey described the Virungas as “massive, old volcanoes reaching around 15,000 feet and nearly covered with lovely, green rainforest in the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat.” Among the notable activities available to visitors to Volcanoes National Park are gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, Dian Fossey hikes, Visit Karisoke Centre, and guided nature walks.

National Park of Akagera a.k.a Akagera National Park

The plains of Akagera are relatively warm and low-lying, with grassland, woodland, marsh, and a dozen lakes. In conjunction with African Parks, we have reintroduced lions and rhinos, so tourists may now expect to encounter the Big Five on safari drives.

National Park Nyungwe Forest a.k.a Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe, Africa’s oldest rainforest, is abundant with species and breathtakingly beautiful. Wildlife abounds on the steep terrain, including a small population of chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species. The Nyungwe Forest National Park is the ideal place in Rwanda for chimp trekking trips and canopy walkway tours. The national park also provides excellent hiking opportunities, with some paths bringing trekkers to breathtaking waterfalls.

National Park Gishwati Mukura a.k.a Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Gishwati Mukura National Park, Rwanda’s fourth, is made up of two distinct forests: the larger Gishwati and the smaller Mukura. It is home to chimps, golden, blue, and L’Hoest’s monkeys, as well as a variety of birds and other species.

Covid PCR and Rapid Test No longer mandatory for Travellers to Rwanda
Gishwati Mukura National Park

What to do during your visit to Rwanda.

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

The chance to view gorillas in their natural habitat is unforgettable, and some say life-changing. Expert trackers and guides accompany small groups of visitors up bamboo-covered hills to spend a rare and awe-inspiring hour just a few feet close from the gentle creatures.

Golden Monkey Trekking

Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda is generally done in the Volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, and there is only one session per day that begins in the morning.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe always begins at 4:30 a.m. and departs from the Gisakura welcome center for an hour and a few minutes. The customer is responsible for collecting the guide at this reception and returning him at the end of the tour.

Primate Tracking

The most popular activity in Nyungwe Forest National Park is primate tracking. The national park is home to roughly 1000 people, with approximately 60 habituated individuals in Nyungwe forest alone and 30 habituated individuals in Cyamudongo woodland, which is next to Nyungwe forest.

Game Drive Safaris in Akagera National Park

The Rwanda wildlife Safaris here are led by tour guides in four wheel drive safari vehicles in the early morning or late afternoon. Each game drive in this park is exceptional in its own way, revealing full new surprises as nature reveals its treasures in the form of wonders that are so scenic, the wildlife such as buffaloes, elands, topis, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, monkeys, savannah birds, civets, leopards, hyenas, and serval cats all for you to marvel at. These guided game drives also imply that you will be accompanied by a guide who is quite educated about the park’s flora and animals. While on game drives, one should remain in the vehicle unless the park guides determine that it is safe for you to exit. For longer game drives, bring a snack or packed lunch as well as plenty of drinking water. The park also offers nocturnal or night game drives for those interested in seeing nocturnal animals. All visitors doing night game drives in Akagera national park must pay for a park ranger which costs 40 USD, Covid PCR and Rapid Test No longer mandatory for Travellers to Rwanda.

Boat Cruise Tours

Boat cruise tours in Rwanda are conducted on Lake Kivu, Twin lakes and also in Akagera national park on Lake Ihema. For those interested in sighting as well as birding, boat cruise tours in Rwanda offer the best experiences.

Canopy Walk

The Canopy Walk is one amazing activity that is only offered to tourists visiting Nyungwe national park. The canopy walk takes visitors on a 2 hours hiking expedition along the 160m long and 70m high Canopy Walkway Bridge and allows visitors have a panoramic view of the beautiful and well-endowed Nyungwe Forest from above. The canopy walkway bridge can be easily accessed by visitors hiking the Igishigishigi, Imbaraga or Umuyove trails.

Covid PCR and Rapid Test No longer mandatory for Travellers to Rwanda
Canopy Walks

Guided Nature Walks or Hiking Tours

Rwanda also offers visitors quite a number of guided nature walks and hiking tours for those who are interested in exploring the country on foot. Guided nature walks and hiking tours in Rwanda are pretty much offered in all national parks in the country including Akagera national park, Nyungwe Forest national parks, Gishwati-Mukura national park and Volcanoes national park, Covid PCR and Rapid Test No longer mandatory for Travellers to Rwanda.

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