RWANDA TRAVEL GUIDE
Government Republic presidential, multiparty system
Rwandan franc (RWF)
total: 26,338 km2
water: 1,390 km2
land: 24,948 km2
Population 9,038,000 (2005 UN Estimate)
Language Kinyarwanda (official) universal Bantu vernacular, French (official), English (official), Kiswahili (Swahili) used in commercial centers
Religion Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)
Electricity 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Calling Code +250
Internet TLD .rw
Time Zone UTC+2
PASSPORT AND VISA: A passport is required to enter Rwanda and a certificate of vaccination for yellow fever is normally required to return back to the country of origin. A 90 day visa is issued on arrival free of charge for nationals of the US, UK, Canada, Congo (Dem Rep), Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, and Uganda. If arriving by air, citizens of many other European countries may get an 8 day single entry visa on arrival for USD$60, which can be extended by the immigration office in Kigali, although this process is sometimes tedious. Generally Rwandan embassy and consulates can issue 3 month tourist visas for around the same price without much hassle. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate for more information.
If you are traveling overland, is no longer possible to obtain a visa at the border. However, visa application can easily be made at www.migration.gov.rw/singleform.php. You will within a few days receive a entry visa acceptance by email. Bringing this acceptance letter, the visa will be issued at the border. The US$60 visa fee is paid at the border.
MONEY: The franc (ISO 4217:RWF also RWFR) is the currency of Rwanda. It is subdivided into 100 centimes and is often written RF.
HEALTH: The following is an excerpt from the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on Rwanda, last updated on 1-12-2006:
Medical and dental facilities are limited, and some medicines are in short supply or unavailable. Travelers should bring their own supplies of prescription drugs and preventive medicines. In Kigali, Americans may go to King Faycal Hospital, a private facility that offers limited services. There is also a missionary dental clinic in Kigali staffed by an American dentist. An American-operated missionary hospital with some surgical facilities is in Kibagora, in southwestern Rwanda. Another hospital with American physicians is in Ruhengeri, near the gorilla trekking area, and a Chinese hospital is in southeastern Rwanda in Kibungo. There is also a very good hospital near Lac Muhazi, where even people from Kigali go to. The U.S. Embassy maintains a current list of healthcare providers and facilities in Rwanda. This list is included in the Consular Section's welcome packets for American citizens. There are periodic outbreaks of meningitis in Rwanda. Yellow fever can cause serious medical problems, but the vaccine, required for entry, is very effective in preventing the disease.
HIV/AIDS is high among adults at 9% or 1 in 11. PRACTICE SAFE SEX. AVOID RISKY INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE.
INFORMATION GIVEN ABOVE IS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR NEAREST CONSULAR OFFICE FOR LATEST UPDATES ON VISA AND VISA FEES PRIOR TO COMMENCING TRAVEL.