It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of Rwanda travel and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. We’re continuing our series by taking a look at flights to Rwanda.
So you’ve decided to book your journey to Rwanda. Congratulations! Now let’s talk about flights to Rwanda. It’s pretty easy to get there from the United States. With Turkish Air, you’ll be there in under 24 hours. From the USA you have an easy connection in Istanbul before continuing onto Kigali. Or, if you prefer to break up your international flights, we’ve lined up a pretty good layover guide for you.
Kigali International Airport is located in a suburb, just seven miles east of the center of Kigali. With only one terminal, the airport is small, but restaurants, some shopping, and currency exchange facilities are available.
Some important facts to keep in mind for your travel:
- Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers to Rwanda over one year of age and must be given ten days prior to travel. Note: Proof of yellow fever vaccination is not consistently requested by airport officials, but it is still technically required. It will also be necessary to show proof of yellow fever vaccination if traveling to another country after visiting Rwanda.
- Passports must be valid for at least three months past your intended stay.
- US citizens are required to purchase a visa for entry into Rwanda. Single entry visas cost $30 and may be purchased on arrival to the airport, at a Rwandan Diplomatic Mission (excluding the UN Mission in New York), or online.
- A multiple entry visa, called a “tourist visa”, is also available on arrival for $50 per person. This visa allows travelers to visit Burundi, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and re-enter Rwanda without purchasing another visa.
- Specialty visas are available from the embassy or consulate only and include family visas, transit visas, and tourist group visas for between four and ten travelers.
- You must be able to show proof of onward travel arrangements.
Please be aware that although Ker & Downey will advise you of the current information concerning visas and other requirements, it is your responsibility to reconfirm the information and obtain all necessary documents for entry to countries listed on your itinerary. Visa requirements change frequently.