Hotels banned from accommodating guests without Covid-19 tests

On 21 December 2020 at 10:38

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has issued new COVID-19 preventive measures requiring all guests staying at hotels countrywide to provide results showing they have been tested negative before getting an accommodation.

The measures came after an extra ordinary cabinet meeting last week that issued new strict preventive measures to prevent the fast- increasing COVID-19 cases.

“All guests staying at various hotels countrywide are required to present a negative SARS-CoV2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or Antigen Rapid COVID-19 test,” reads the statement in part.

RDB also announced that international tourists entering the country will be required to take another Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival which will be valid for 120 hours. They will be required to take a rapid test after this period elapses.

Among others, the statement reads that tourists visiting National Parks will be required to present a negative SARS-CoV2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction test with the exception of Akagera National Park where a negative Antigen Rapid Test results for COVID-19 will be accepted.

“The cost of the Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 is Rwf 10,000 and results are available within 15 minutes after a test is taken. The cost of the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is Rwf 50, 000,” reads the statement.

A list of accredited private clinics that provide Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Tests can be accessed via RBC website.

All hotel properties have been urged to check for test results before checking in guests.

Rwanda confirmed the first COVID-19 patient on 14th March 2020. As of today, 7293 people have been tested positive out of 690,221 sample tests of whom 6091 have recovered, 1139 are active cases while 63 have succumbed to the virus.