Netherlands lifts travel restrictions for Rwanda

On 16 May 2021 at 05:14

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday 15th May 2021 lifted travel restrictions for a limited number of countries, including Rwanda.

Rwanda is the only country in Africa with a “yellow” advice, which allows Dutch tourists and travelers to visit the country again.

Rwanda’s embassy in the Netherlands has welcomed the development and
great news for wildlife enthusiasts and tourists interested in a lifetime experience at the heart of Africa.

The lift of travel travel restriction gives tourists from Netherlands opportunity to explore and consume in beauty of the “country of a thousand hills” as a unique destination on the African continent, due to its breath-taking landscape, its national parks, volcanoes and rainforests, wildlife population, as well as its historical and cultural vestiges.

Among others, travelers have the opportunity to visit no less than fourteen (14) primate species in Rwanda found nowhere else in the world.

Rwanda is also home to the famous mountain gorillas at the bottom of the Volcanoes National Park.

Add to this spotting the “Big Five” in Akagera National Park, water sports and outdoor paradise at Lake Kivu, as well as the unparalleled cultural history, which are among other things that puts Rwanda among top list of countries to visit.

Rwanda, which is among the most stable and peaceful countries in the region, favours high-end tourism, combined with obligation to conservation. In this regard, the country adopted a package of extensive hygiene and safety measures, in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Useful information for travelers

If you plan to visit Rwanda, you are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form before departure. It is advisable to do this no later than 48 hours before your departure to ensure that the data has been processed on time. You will receive a QR code that is required to enter Rwanda. You must also show a certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry.

This certificate must not be older than 72 hours before your departure. This is not mandatory for children under 5 years old.

All travelers are tested again upon arrival in Rwanda, and they must await the result of this test in a hotel designated by the government. The costs for the extra tests and the hotel are for your own expense.

Wearing a facemask is mandatory in Rwanda. Regular disinfection of the hands is recommended. The social distancing rule applies. Payments should be made contactless as much as possible.

The protection and welfare of the vast numbers of primates living in Rwanda is an essential part of the guidelines. For example, tourists should keep at least ten (10) meters away from the primates in Nyungwe National Park and Volcanoes National Park.

After your stay in Rwanda, departure at the Kigali International Airport requires a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. However, as Rwanda is not among the risk countries in the Netherlands, you will not be required to provide a COVID-19 negative test or self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.