Overview

Gorilla viewing safaris are a major draw for visitors to Rwanda.

Information on Rwanda Travel

Population (2014 est.): 12,337,138 (growth rate: 2.63%); birth rate: 34.61/1000; infant mortality rate: 59.59/1000; life expectancy: 59.26

Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Kigali, 1.004 million

Monetary unit: Rwanda franc

Languages: Kinyarwanda, French, and English (all official); Kiswahili in commercial centers

Ethnicity/race: Hutu 84%, Tutsi 15%, Twa (Pygmoid) 1%

Religion: Roman Catholic 49.5%, Protestant 39.4%, Islam 1.8%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 3.6%, other 0.6% (2002)

Entry requirements

Visas
You need a visa to enter Rwanda. 30 day tourist visas are available on arrival for £20 or $30. You can pay in cash (sterling or US dollars) or by Visa/ MasterCard. Payment by credit card may not be available at all land border crossings
You can also choose to get a visa in advance at any Rwandan diplomatic mission or online. www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/rwanda/entry-requirement

Further information about visa requirements is available from the Rwandan High Commission.

If you are planning to apply for resident/business or missionary multiple entry visas on entry to Rwanda you will need to get UK police clearance before you travel. This usually takes a minimum of 10 working days to process.

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Rwanda.

Yellow fever
Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Health
Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.

Only limited medical facilities are available in Rwanda. In the event of serious accident or illness evacuation by air ambulance to Kenya or South Africa may be required.

Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Malaria is common to Rwanda. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance.

Popular Tours

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Accommodation

Best hotels and places to stay in Rwanda.