Kigali International Airport is serviced daily by a number of International airlines, including SN Brussels, KLM, South African Airways, Qatar Airlines, Rwandair, Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines. Rwanda can also be reached by land from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, DR Congo and Tanzania. www.rwandair.com
Passport and Visas
INFORMATION FOR VISA APPLICANTS
Class T2 Tourist
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Effective from January 1st 2018, citizens of all countries will get a visa upon arrival without prior application at a cost of $30. Please see here.
An East African tourist visa is also available for clients wishing to travel between Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda, to be applied for online at a cost of $100 and valid for 90 days. One has to apply to the respective country of the first point of entry.
Please visit the Rwanda immigration web site for more information on different visa types.
For more information about Rwanda tourist visas, contact:
- In the UK, the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda is located at 120 – 122 Seymour Place, London W1H 1NR. Telephone: +44 (0)20 722 49 832.
- In the USA, the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda is located at 1724 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DE 200091. Telephone: +1 202 232 2882.
List of Rwandan diplomatic missions around the world
A class T2 visa can be extended for a further 90 days at the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices.
An initial visa issued by a Rwandan Diplomatic Mission will be valid for 90 days.
Applications should be made whilst the current visa remains valid.
*One clear colored passport size photo with white background, recently taken without glasses, caps and scurf; (the photo should be attached to the application form by use of glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable).
*A complete filled application form : click here to download application form
*An application letter addressed to the Director General of Immigration and Emigration.
To avoid penalties, the applicant should apply/renew visa in time before expiration of current visa. Penalty fee is 20,000 Frw in a period of 06 to 15 days of the delay.Article 34 of the Ministerial Order establishing procedures and regulations categorizes other penalties from 16 days to 9 months and above.
A single visa costing USD 100 is enough to visit Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya and can be obtained from any immigration office in these 3 countries or from Rwanda immigration. See Visa Requirements
The unit of currency is the Rwanda franc. The US dollar is the hard currency of preference. It may be impossible to exchange travellers' cheques away from the capital. Credit cards are usually only accepted at the major hotels inKigali.
In addition to the indigenous language of Kinyarwanda, French and English are official languages. French is widely spoken throughout the country. In the capital and other tourist centres, many people speak English.
Good Friday and Easter Monday, which fall on variable dates, are recognised in Rwanda. Other public holidays are :
January 1 (New Year's Day); February 1(National Heroes Day); April 7 (Genocide Memorial Day); May 1 (Labour Day); July 4 (National Liberation Day); August 15 (Assumption Day); October 1 (Patriotism Day); December 25 (Christmas Day).
When to Visit
Rwanda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla trekking and other forest walks are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as Palaearctic migrants supplement resident species.
What to Wear
Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the Parc des Volcans and Nyungwe. When tracking gorillas, wear sturdier clothing to protect against stinging nettles, and solid walking shoes. A hat and sunglasses provide protection against the sun, and a waterproof jacket may come in handy in the moist mountains.
Rwanda has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country. International phone calls can be made easily. Appropriate SIM cards for the network are readily available everywhere, even in remote towns, and cell phones can be purchased or rented from major shops in Kigali. Most towns of any size will have several Internet cafes and computer centres.
Rwanda has possibly the best roads in East Africa. All visitors who have booked through Gerrytours-safaris will be provided with a private vehicle, 4-wheel drive with Air Condition. Air charter services are also available.
Hiking and Biking
The fine road network, with little traffic, offers wonderful opportunities for long bicycle trips across the verdant hills and valleys. Mountain biking and hiking can be enjoyed on the thousands of kilometres of fine rural trails linking remote villages, criss-crossing the entire country.
Gorilla Permits can be arranged by Gerry Tours & Safaris, or can be purchased directly through the office of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) at their headquarters in Kigali.
Safety and Health
A certificate of yellow-fever vaccination is required. Much of Rwanda lies at too high an elevation for malaria to be a major concern, but the disease is present and prophylactic drugs are strongly recommended. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water can be bought in all towns. Hospitals are located in all major towns.
Seasons and Climate
A combination of tropical location and high altitude ensures that most of Rwanda has a temperate year-round climate. Temperatures rarely stray above 30 degrees Celsius by day or below 15 degrees Celsius at night throughout the year. The exceptions are the chilly upper slopes of the Virunga Mountains, and the hot low-lying Tanzania border area protected in Akagera National Park. Throughout the country, seasonal variations in temperature are relatively insignificant. Most parts of the country receive in excess of 1,000mm of precipitation annually, with the driest months being July to September and the wettest February to May. See today's weather here
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