Covid-19 Travel Update for Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo

17 July 2021:

UGANDA, RWANDA AND DR CONGO — GENERAL RESTRICTIONS

To enter any of the three countries you will need to have a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of your original flight’s departure. The same applies when flying out.

UGANDA SPECIFICS

There is a nation-wide lockdown. Tourism is possible and encouraged by the government, however, independent travellers will face obstacles. There is no public transport between districts and a tour company is recommended to arrange for the papers required by the police.

PCR testing costs USD 100 and solution providers can visit you at your hotel for convenience.

A temperature check is performed before entering national parks and masks are mandatory inside.

The national curfew begins at 7pm and ends at 5:30am.

Next restrictions update expected: end July 2021.

RWANDA SPECIFICS

Land borders are closed. Visitors flying in are subjected to self-paid Covid testing (USD 50) on arrival, followed by a self-paid quarantine in designated hotels that can last over 24 hours (children under 5 years are exempt). The quarantine for arrivals from India and Uganda is longer — 7 days.

There is a nation-wide lockdown. Tourism is possible and encouraged by the government, however, independent travellers will face obstacles. There is no public transport between districts and a tour company is recommended to arrange for the papers required by the police.

Rapid tests (USD 10) are required to stay in hotels, but that does not apply to children under 12.

A negative rapid test taken within 72 hours is needed to visit Akagera National Park. For other parks a PCR test is a must.

There are several national park discounts in place till the end of 2022.

The national curfew begins at 6pm and ends at 4am. Bars and restaurants are closed — including delivery services.

Face masks are obligatory everywhere.

Next restrictions update expected: end July 2021.

DR CONGO SPECIFICS

Due to Rwanda’s land border closure, arriving through Rubavu (Gisenyi) or Rusizi (Cyangugu) is not possible at the moment.

Virunga National Park is closed but Kahuzi-Biega National Park is fully operational — they will measure your temperature, expect a face mask to be worn throughout and disinfect your shoes.

A PCR test costs USD 30 in Bukavu or USD 40 in Goma/Kinshasa.