Do I need a visa to visit Rwanda?
Most visitors to Rwanda require a visa including US, UK and EU passport holders. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the port of entry.
Visitors can also apply for the e-visa online before travelling to Rwanda which speeds up waiting times on arrival in the country here
Rwanda also requires that your passport be valid for no less than 6 months beyond the date of entry. They also require at least two blank pages in your passport.
It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.
Do I need to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination?
If you are travelling from a country which is known for Yellow Fever you need to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Uganda. Failure to do so, may result in your being denied entry.
For more information please visit your local travel clinic or the CDC website
Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Rwanda?
There is a high risk of malaria throughout the country year-round. It is recommended that you visit your local doctor or a travel clinic about malaria prophylaxis’s before travel to Rwanda.
When is the best time to visit Rwanda?
Although it is regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September. These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk.
The best time to go to Rwanda for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe, however, is during the two rainy seasons – mid-February to early June and mid-September to mid-December – as the apes are easier to locate
Can I drink the tap water in Rwanda?
Water in Rwanda is safe for bathing and brushing your teeth. Not all water is safe to drink especially in remote areas, so we recommend that you use bottled water during your trip.
What is the weather like in Rwanda?
Rwanda is located on the equator. Because of this, the climate is pleasant throughout the year. The temperatures average between 22 and 32ºC.
Climate change has made it hard to predict when the rainy seasons will be. However, the heavy rains are normally from January – April, light rainy season is October – December, though there will always be plenty hours of sunshine.
Currency and credit cards in Rwanda
The official currency of Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc. US dollars are widely accepted. Please note that USD bills printed in and/or prior to 2006 are not accepted!
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Rwanda and it is better to carry cash.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted at some hotels.
American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.
ATM’s are readily available in major cities but not in smaller towns so its best to get cash in Kigali and carry this with you.
Languages spoken in Rwanda
The official languages of Rwanda are Kinyarwanda, English and French.
Rwandan electrical outlets are 230V. Outlets are made to fit round 2 pin “TYPE C” plugs. Although adaptors are available at most camps/ lodges and hotels, we highly recommend taking your own.
If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.
Many camps/ lodges and hotels are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.
Local time in Rwanda is GMT +2 which 6 – 7 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.
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