Rwanda to Reopen Airports on 1st August
Rwanda to reopen airports on 1st August 2020 was communicated in an official document from the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure on Saturday 4th July 2020. In the announcement, it was clearly stated that Rwanda is to reopen airports on 1st August for scheduled commercial flights.
In March, Rwanda suspended all incoming and outgoing commercial passenger flights allowing only cargo and emergency flights to operate all in the bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
In the official statement, the Ministry of Infrastructure stated that all passengers, including those in transit, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory. The papers of tests must indicate that they were taken within 72 hours of arrival in Rwanda. Airport operations will adhere to the set guidelines by the Ministry of Health and recommendations of the ICAO on Aviation Recovery Taskforce. This is to ensure the safety and health of passengers, crew and staff.
Upon arrival in Rwanda, passengers will be required to have a second PCR test done, with the results being made available within 24 hours during which time they will stay at designated hotels all at their own cost.
Having Rwanda to reopen airports on 1st August to allow scheduled commercial flights is the latest move by the government of Rwanda to gradually reopen the economy. On 17th June, tourism activities were reopened in Rwanda that also saw the allowance of international travel for charter flights only. Having Rwanda to reopen airports on 1st August to allow commercial flights is a welcome gesture to the tourism industry in Rwanda as travellers will be able to travel again to visit Rwanda.
Travellers have a lot of tourist activities they can do while in Rwanda, a country of a thousand hills and the cleanliest capital city in Africa. While in Rwanda, travellers can enjoy various tourist activities which include among others;
Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is the top most done tourist activity that travellers from far and wide take part in while in Rwanda. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is very thrilling and enjoyable for it gives trekkers an opportunity to see the endangered ape species, the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda amidst the Covid-19 pandemic is very possible due to the availability of standard operating procedures that were put in place by the Rwanda Development Board. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes requires one to have a gorilla permit and there are currently low rates that are in place to attract more trekkers. At the moment, a Rwanda gorilla permit can go as low as $200 for Rwandans and East African residents, $500 for Foreign residents in Rwanda while the foreign non-residents still get to pay $1,500. These rates are available up until December 2020. Get in touch with a trusted tour operator to help you plan this discounted gorilla trekking in Volcanoes safari.
Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park is another adventurous activity that travellers can do. Spending time with the very active and playful chimpanzees will lift your spirits very high. Take time to plan a perfect chimpanzee tracking safari.
Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park. A canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park gives travellers a bird’s eye view of the forest. Opportunities of spotting chimpanzees, monkeys and a number of other forest animals are possible.
The above among others like game safaris in Akagera National Park and many more tourist activities in Rwanda can still be enjoyed in Rwanda despite the pandemic that is ravaging the world. Want to escape the walls of your home for a very safe Rwanda safari, get in touch with a trusted tour operator to help you plan.