Zakale Expeditions


Passport Required Return ticket required Visa Required
USA Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes/1
Australian Yes Yes Yes

A valid passport is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter Rwanda.

Visas for Rwanda are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except:

Nationals of Germany, Sweden, the UK and the USA for stays up to three months.

All travellers require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Rwanda.

Visa note:
A single-entry visa on arrival is only available to nationals who do not have a Rwandan embassy or consulate in their country.

Those who this applies to should visit

Types and cost:
Single-entry visa: £20; multiple-entry visa: £35.

90 days.

Transit visas are valid for 72 hours.

Application to:
Consulate (or consular section at embassy/high commission). Applications can also be made through

Working days:
Allow 24 hours for visa processing.

Extension of stay:
If you wish to extend your visa, you must apply at the Director General's Client Service Centre in Kigali before your current visa expires.


Special Precaution
Diphtheria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever Yes

Medical facilities are limited. Almost all medical facilities in Kigali were destroyed during the civil war, but the situation is now improving and most hospitals function to an acceptable level. However, medical insurance, including cover for emergency repatriation, is essential. Visitors are advised to bring their own personal medication. In emergency dial 912 for an ambulance.

Food and drink:
Food is generally safe to eat if well-cooked and hot. If in doubt, veer towards larger restaurants in cities and those aimed at tourists, which will have undergone government safety checks. Avoid buying food from the side of the road and don’t drink tap water. Use bottled water or otherwise boil or sterilise. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other risks:
Schistosomaisis, otherwise known as bilharzia, a parasite that lives in fresh water and enters the body through intact skin is present in the country. If you do swim in lake Kivu, then source the treatment - a drug called Praziquantel - locally and take it six weeks to three months after your return. Alternatively you can be tested at a tropical medicine centre on your return.


Currency information:
Rwanda Franc (RWF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of RWF 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of RWF100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.

Credit cards:
Accepted at only a few hotels in Kigali. MasterCard and Visa are the preferred cards.

International Visa cards are accepted at Ecobank head office in Kigali and at Kigali airport. They can also be used at Access Bank head office in Kigali. However, these ATMs are affected by power cuts. It is best to travel with US dollars, some banks won’t accept sterling.

Travellers cheques:
It may be difficult to change traveller's cheques outside Kigali.

Banking hours:
Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1400-1700, Sat 0800-1200.

Currency restriction:
The import and export of local currency is limited to RWF5000. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited, but must be declared upon arrival and exchanged within 8 days.

Rwanda duty free

The following items may be imported into Rwanda by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L or spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which up to a quarter may be perfume.
• Goods up to US$500 in value.

Banned imports:
Prohibited goods include counterfeit coins and notes, pornography, matches made with white phosphorus, distilled beverages such as absinthe, soaps and cosmetics containing mercury, used tyres, counterfeit goods, and goods destructive to the environment including plastic bags.

Restricted goods include animal traps, unwrought precious metals and stones, arms and ammunition, ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, and non-indigenous species of fish.

Banned exports:
Game trophies can only be exported with special permission of the Game Department.


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