The Kigali International Airport is now open for a general aviation, specifically meant to serve chartered plans and private flights only.
Commercial passenger service is still suspended until a later date.
The decision has come after the airport has undergone a facelift, with passengers expected to experience the feel of the revamped airport.
“Visitors travelling by chartered flights (individual and groups) will be welcomed to the country,” Rwanda Airports Company said.
Infrastructure Minister, Amb. Clever Gatete told journalists on Friday evening that the decision is deliberately targeting “high-end” tourists.
He was addressing a press conference where he gave a broader update on government intervention to contain the spread of #COVID-19.
“We are progressively opening up (borders), but at the beginning, we are targeting those high-end tourists who can fly privately, for example those who come to see the gorillas,” the Minister said.
Additionally, the targeted tourists are also the kinds that stay at luxurious hotels and lodges that are now advertising promotional packages.
The same tourists also enjoy safaris currently on promotion too. Minister Gatete added that even though the doors are open for these particular tourists, there are strict measures and guidelines outline to ensure the pandemic is controlled.
All visitors are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Tourists will take a second Covid-19 test prior to visiting any tourist attraction.
The following options below, published by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) are available:
Tourists can take the first Covid-19 RT-PCR (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) test in the country of origin at an ISO certified laboratory, 72 hours before departure and the second test will be taken upon arrival at Kigali International Airport.
They are required to submit the results of the first test to the following address (email@example.com) before departure and also upon arrival at Kigali International Airport.
They will be expected to wait 8 hours for results of the second test at designated hotels in Rwanda. This is applicable to direct flights only.
Tourists who are not able to test in their country of origin have the option to be tested twice in Rwanda: The first test will be taken upon arrival at Kigali International Airport while the second test will be taken 48 hours after arrival.
Tourists will only be expected to visit tourist sites after two consecutive negative tests and will wait for their results at designated hotels.
An optional test may be provided on request at departure.
The cost of the COVID-19 test will be included in tour packages.
While in the country, visitors and flight crew members are expected to abide by guidelines of the Health Ministry and specific guidelines for tourists’ attractions including National Parks.
For any emergency, question and/or feedback related to COVID -19, tourists are advised to call toll-free number 114.
Meanwhile, RDB did not revise gorilla visiting fee for international tourists. It remains premium US$1500, except for foreign residents paying US$500 and US$200 for Rwandans and EAC nationals.
Also read: Rwanda revises gorilla permit prices
Source: Taarifa Rwanda