Rwanda – New COVID19 Guidelines  

Rwanda – New COVID19 Guidelines   : Rwanda like all the countries in the world is continuing to learn to live with COVID-19 ensuring safety of the people and continued growth and development of the country among other things.

In keeping with ensuring the health safety of the people in the country locals and international alike the country’s government issued new COVID-19 guidelines to be implemented from October 14th to November 14th 2021. These guidelines are to be implemented by all the peoples in the nation and they will complement the country’s efforts of preventing and abating the spread of COVID-19.

The New COVID-19 guidelines that were approved and issued by the country’s cabinet chaired by the president are:-

Travel and Leisure

  1. All travelers coming into the country will still be required to have negative PCR tests on arrival to the country.
  2. Fully vaccinated travelers coming into the country will no longer be required to quarantine at hotels upon arrival.
  3. Arriving and departing passengers at Kigali international airport will be required to present a negative COVID -19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior
  4. All passengers entering and exiting the country will be required to comply with all the Healthy guidelines issued by government and WHO.
  5. Tourism activities are to continue in strict adherence with COVID – 19 health guidelines. From Rwanda Safari trips to hotels, logistics, tour operators to everything concerning tourism.
  6. Fitness centers will continue to re-open slowly under the COVID-19 guidelines.
  7. Swimming pools, spas, Saunas and the likes will re-open gradually. Clients accessing these services are required to be fully vaccinated with negative PCR test results.
  8. Restaurants to keeping operating at 50% occupancy and those with outdoor services at 75% occupancy. They should still observe all the COVID-19 guidelines.
  9. Bars to re-open gradually.
  10. Recreation places to resume operations to resume gradually at 50% capacity. Customers to be fully vaccinated and have negative PCR test results for test done within 72 hours.
  11. All other events and gatherings (concerts, festivals, exhibitions, etc.) to continue for vaccinated and tested participants in accordance with RDB guidelines.
  12. Individual outdoor activities to continue.
Rwanda – New COVID19 Guidelines  
Rwanda – New COVID19 Guidelines

In the Country

  1. The curfew for people movements in the country to start from 12am to 4am. All business to close by 11pm.
  2. Public transport (buses) should not exceed 75% of seating capacity.
  3. Bus operators must ensure that all COVID-19 preventive measures (wearing masks and social distancing) are followed and that bus windows are open for proper ventilation.
  4. Motor bikes and bicycles are permitted to carry passengers but must always comply with the Covid-19 preventive measures.
  5. Places of worship to operate at 50% capacity.
  6. Funeral gatherings, wakes or Vigils not to exceed 30 persons at a time. Persons at the grave site not to exceed 50 at a time.
  7. Civil, religious and traditional marriage ceremonies are allowed.
  8. All events at home and outdoors in designated venues should comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and persons attending these events should have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to attending.
  9. Events held in designated venues should go on with 50% capacity of the venue.


  1. Public offices will continue to operate at 75% capacity of essential staff.
  2. Other employees will continue to work from home at a rational basis.
  3. Private companies and business are free to operate at 100% capacity but must adhere to the COVID-19 preventive guidelines.
  4. Physical conferences and meetings allowed to continue at a 50% occupancy, however all participants should have negative PCR test results taken within 72 hours prior to the conference/meeting.

The government strongly emphasizes that all persons in Rwanda citizens and visitors alike, adhere to the COVID-19 Health measures for continued safe of all persons. The general guidelines include but not limited to properly wearing face masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene. Non-compliance to these guidelines will attract penalties for the culprits.

Rwanda is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa and famous for its topography, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the big five animals, coffee plantations, Tea plantations and many other attractions. The country receives visitors all through the year.

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