Traveling to Rwanda - Visa, When to go

Rwanda – Traveling to Rwanda

Passport and Visas:

A valid passport with visa is mandatory. In view of the bilateral agreements, nationals of the following countries may visit Rwanda without visa for a period up to 90 days: USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sweden, Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong. Please consult the Rwanda consulate or embassy nearest you for visa requirements to enter Rwanda. If a visa is required, you are responsible for obtaining it. Visas can be applied for online or bought upon arrival.

Getting there:

All international flights arrive at Kigali International Airport, just 10 Km from central Kigali. International carriers to Kigali (Kanombe, the main airport) include; SN Brussels, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Burundi and Rwandair Express.

When to visit Rwanda:

Rwanda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla trekking and other forest walks are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as Palaearctic migrants supplement resident species. The rainy season is from March to April and from October to November, but the gorilla’s habitat is in the rain forests and it can often rain at any time of year. Travel can be slower in the rainy season but the views are often better. Gorilla tracking can be muddier, but not impassable. In the mountainous areas it is much colder than on the plains and the rainfall is greater. Just don’t be too rigid on this and you should go when it is most convenient, as the rain which is often for short periods, is part of the great experience.