The following information has been obtained from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller website. However, as every country decides who can enter or leave through its borders, and entry and exit requirements can change at short notice, we recommend you reconfirm all requirements before you depart.  We encourage you to familiarise yourself with new procedures in place detailed in this Arriving Passenger Information Note



You must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken 72 hours before departure. COVID-19 tests are not mandatory for accompanying children under five years.

Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted.

Complete a passenger locator form and upload a COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport.

You’ll be screened upon arrival and required to take a second COVID-19 (PCR) test for a payment of $US60.  Additional fees apply for specific airport logistics. Use the payment methods provided on the passenger locator form. Otherwise, you may be required to pay again at arrival and claim a refund for any previous payment.

You must quarantine for 3 days at a designated hotel at your own cost.

Refer to the Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s website for the most up to date guidance for travellers.



To leave, you must provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) taken in the 72 hours before your departure. Check test validity requirements at your transit and destination countries. COVID-19 tests are not mandatory for accompanying children under five years.

Book and pay for your tests through the online platform available at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre website. You’re required to wait 48 hours for the results of your COVID-19 test from the time of sample collection.



Measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 are being strictly enforced. The government is regularly reviewing these measures. You can consult the Prime Minister of Rwanda’s office website for the most recent updates.

You must wear a face mask in public at all times.  Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Curfews are in place nation-wide. In Kigali, movement is prohibited between 10pm and 4am. Movements outside Kigali are prohibited between 9pm and 4am, with enhanced restrictions in place for districts with high incidences of COVID-19.



You can receive a visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders.

  • A single entry tourist visa costs US $50 – exclusions apply for select countries and is valid for 30 days.
  • The East African Tourist Visa (EATV) covers Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, costs US $100 and is valid for 90 days (only applicable if Rwanda is the first country you enter)

Applicants should have a valid passport or another acceptable travel document. The document must have a validity of at least six months on the day of entry into Rwanda.



You’ll need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter. Some airlines may want to see yours before allowing you to board your flight.  Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever.

Additional useful links:

The Rwanda High Commission [this is the closest High Commission to Australia and is in Singapore]
Rwandan Government (Rwanda Biomedical Centre)
Prime Minister of Rwanda’s office website
Visit Rwanda website
Countries with a risk of yellow fever

COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map


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