The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has updated the Guidelines for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions, Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Recreation, following new Covid-19 prevention measures issued by the cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on January 26, 2022.
According to the updated guidelines, all arriving passengers will be required to take a Covid-19 RT-PCR test and Rapid Test (Ag RDT) upon arrival. Passengers will not be required to self-quarantine in hotels.
Updated RDB guidelines were announced on January 3, 2022.
“An additional Ag RDT Covid-19 test is required on Day 3 from the date of arrival, at designated testing sites (Camp Kigali or nearest provincial or district hospitals for those outside the city of Kigali). The two mandatory tests, taken on arrival and on Day 3, will be paid for upon arrival at Kigali International Airport,” the statement released by RDB reads.
“Tourists, including children over the age of 5, where applicable, visiting the country’s national parks will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours. An RT-PCR test is required for all visitors wishing to see primates in Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks,” the statement continued.
Under the new guidelines, entertainment, including live bands and karaoke at hotels, restaurants and bars, will resume. All participants, including performers, must adhere to Covid-19 prevention guidelines and must be fully vaccinated.
Concerts held at designated event locations will gradually resume. However, the statement says that organizers should request permission at least 10 days in advance by emailing the Rwanda Convention Bureau on [email protected].
The statement says tickets must be sold electronically with all concert attendees, including fully vaccinated planners and attendants, and must have a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours.
All concerts must take place at 75% of the capacity of the hall, according to the guidelines.
To reopen, nightclubs must request permission to reopen from RDB via email [email protected].
The decision on the request for reopening is taken by RDB within a period not exceeding seven (7) working days; licensed nightclubs must operate at 50% capacity and during licensed opening hours.
As for nightclub patrons, they must be fully vaccinated and have a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours. Approved nightclubs must ensure their staff are fully vaccinated and tested for Covid-19 every 14 days. Eligible staff are encouraged to do the vaccine boosters, according to the statement.
It further states that movie theaters or movie theaters cannot accommodate more than 75% of theater capacity and that patrons must present proof of full vaccination and valid negative RT-PCR or Ag test results. Covid-19 RDTs performed within 72 hours.
The new guidelines also allowed physical conferences and meetings to resume, but not to exceed 75% of venue capacity, with attendees showing proof of full vaccination and valid RT-PCR or Ag RTD test results performed within 72 hours. .
“All hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and other accommodation establishments, venues and leisure centers are required to ensure that their staff are fully vaccinated and tested every 14 days. Hotels/lodges around national parks are required to test more regularly. All eligible staff members are encouraged to do vaccine boosters,” the statement further read.
According to RDB, hotels and restaurants are encouraged to continue to provide on-site Covid-19 testing facilities for guests who may require the service.
“The Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) will continue to provide the required technical support,” the RDB statement read.
As of January 3, Rwanda has administered 7,125,063 people who have received two doses of Covid-19, while 1,071,593 have received the booster.