​Getting There – Rwanda

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Travel Alert

Travel restrictions and additional entry requirements may apply for Rwanda due to the coronavirus pandemic and if so, can change from day-to-day. Please visit our coronavirus page to stay informed about the latest developments.

Travel Alert

Kigali International Airport (KGL), on the outskirts of the capital city Kigali, will most likely be your entry point into the country.

Rwanda is very compact, and transportation within the country is usually done by vehicle. Rwanda’s speed limit is 60km per hour throughout. Alternatively, Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopter transfers to anywhere in the country.

The only domestic flight is between Kigali and Kamembe Airport (KME) in Rusizi, at the southern end of Lake Kivu, run by RwandAir. This flight is rarely used by travelers.

In most cases, your local tour operator will collect you from the airport or your hotel and will arrange further transportation as part of your safari package.

Flights & Airlines to Rwanda

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Rwanda and what tickets would cost.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Rwanda embassy to verify that the information below is current.

  • A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months.
  • Passports must have a clean and full visa page for endorsement.
  • When arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country in Africa or the Americas, a yellow-fever vaccination certificate is required.
  • Citizens of all countries are eligible for visas on arrival. More details at www.migration.gov.rw.
  • For people visiting Rwanda in conjunction with Kenya and/or Uganda, it is possible to buy a joint visa for all three countries. See www.migration.gov.rw for details.

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