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Rwanda Issues New COVID-19 Guidelines For Visitors

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All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate and the only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure, the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) announced on Thursday.

RBC said travelers must be tested and get results within three days of their first flight and that other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), will not be accepted.

Notably, COVID-19 Test is no mandatory or accompanied children under
five years.

The new directives are part of other guidelines issued by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidelines are mandatory upon entry into Rwanda as of February 8, 2021.

Also, all travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport.

More to that, all travelers arriving or transiting for up to 24 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test on arrival.

Sample collection will be conducted at the airport upon arrival and waiting or the results will be at designated transit hotels.

Under the new guidelines, travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport. This is subject to the payment of US$60 (US$50 for the covid-19 test and US$10 for specific logistics at the airport).

For travelers who opt for a cash payment at arrival, the balance will be given in local currency (FRW). Travelers who do not use the payment
methods provided on the passenger locator form may be required to pay again upon arrival and claim for a refund for any previous payment made.

All travelers transiting, who are not leaving the airport and those who will leave the airport to go to the designated transit hotels for less than 24 hours will be screened upon entry and are not required to
take a second test.

This is not applicable for transiting travelers by and borders, in that case, travelers will betested using RT-PCR Test and wait for the results at the designated transit hotels before proceeding.

All travelers are required to wait 24 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test taken upon arrival in a designated transit hotel. All COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Ministry of Health must be
respected during the waiting period.

It has also been anounced that all arriving travelers are required to self-quarantine at home for seven days after leaving transit hotel.

At end of this period, travelers will receive an SMS inviting them to designated testing sites for a final test that will be performed free of charge.

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