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.

Kigali International Airport (KGL) will most likely be your entry point into the country. It is about 10km/6mi from the capital, Kigali. Works on the planned Bugesera International Airport began in 2017, but it’s unclear when it might begin to receive flights.

Rwanda is very compact, and transportation within the country is usually done by vehicle. Alternatively, Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopter transfers to anywhere in the country.

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

Domestic Airlines & Flights in Namibia

The only domestic flight is between Kigali and Kamembe Airport in Cyangugu at the southern end of Lake Kivu, run by Rwandair. This flight is rarely used by tourists.

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.
  • As of January 2018, citizens of all countries are now eligible for visas on arrival at US$30 for 30 days. 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 with advance application. See www.migration.gov.rw for details.

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