Rwanda re-opens for tourism


The government department that integrates government agencies responsible for the attraction, retention and facilitation of investments in the economy of Rwanda, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), announced the reopening of tourism activities as well as the recommencement of international travel for charter flights, effective June 17 2020.

In a media release, Head of Communications at the Board, Doreen Ingabire, revealed that, together with the private sector, RDB was offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans and foreign residents.  

“These packages have been designed to showcase Rwanda’s remarkable leisure and recreational experiences, from adventures in the mountains, to memorable excursions in serene landscapes, and a taste of our lively cities,” expressed Ingabire.

Commenting on the reopening, Chief Tourism Officer at RDB, Belise Kariza said Rwanda’s tourism industry was adapting to create a safe environment for travelers and operators, in order to thrive in these unprecedented times.

“We encourage all travel enthusiasts and nature explorers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to venture out and experience the beauty and adventure that our country has to offer,” added Kariza.

According to RDB, there are promotional offers available until December 31, 2020 in their National Parks and these include Gorilla permits available at USD 200 for Rwandans and EAC nationals residing in Rwanda, USD 500 for foreign residents and USD 1,500 for international tourists coming with charter flights.

“Special packages are available for groups, families and corporates on other products in Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks,” said the Board.

Specific precautionary measures to be followed include the requirement for domestic tourists visiting Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to visiting these attractions.

A private test center has been set up at Petit Stade, Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali, by appointment only while other test centers outside Kigali will be communicated as demand grows.

In addition, all visitors travelling by charter flights are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival and take a second COVID-19 test prior to visiting any tourist attraction.

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