Dear travelers, if you are itching to travel again but the Covid-19 restrictions are making it seem hard, you must not worry! There are multiple traveling and touring sites throughout the world operating amid the Covid-19 crisis and are keeping things safe with strict SOPs and precautionary measures. During these gloomy times when shadows of illness and death are lurking everywhere, you can get out and travel safely to keep yourself sane and your body healthy. Nature is the most effective source of healing mankind has ever discovered. So being close to nature will heal your heart from depression and your body from illness. If we tell you that you can still travel to Rwanda while most part of the world is on lockdown, you should not let this chance slip and book your seats right away.

While the world has permanently changed ever since this deadly virus hit us, there are some things that we should be thankful for. A second chance to live and to be able to enjoy life again is one of the greatest gifts not many of us have gotten. To be getting a chance to see the world from a different angle is a blessing in disguise. We can travel but with a consciousness that our actions directly influence others that are in our surroundings. So by keeping this in mind and being extra careful about your conduct when you are in public, you can still make the most of the rare chances you will get of traveling in the upcoming days.

Filling The Passenger Locator Form and Entering Rwanda

One important thing to consider when you plan a vacation in 2021, is a Covid-19 test that you have to get done to be eligible for travel. No matter wherever you are going, and for whatever purpose, you must have a test report stating that you have been tested negative for Covid-19. Rwanda traveling authorities only accept SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test and Rapid Antigen Test.

You must get tested within the last 72 hours/ 3 days of your departure from your country to Rwanda. Any test report older than this will not be accepted. This test report is mandatory, along with the visa and other documents. In addition to that, you must fill a Passenger Locator Form (online) 72 hours before your flight. You will be required to show a printout or the original confirmation email on your phone that you will receive after filling the form. Since people can contract diseases while traveling, this form helps the authorities get in touch with a passenger in case it happens.

Quarantine

Other than the form and Covid-19 test report, you must also have a secure visa. Moreover, since Covid-19 is an airborne disease and is easily transmittable, you will be tested for it again once you reach your destination.

Almost all the countries you travel to in 2021 will test you for Covid-19 once you are there, irrespective of the Covid-19 negative report that you submit before your arrival. After the test, you will be asked to quarantine yourself in their designated hotel for 24-hours or more until the test report has cleared you of any infection. You will be required to book any of the designated hotels before arrival for your stay while you wait for your Covid-19 test report.

Most of the tourist attractions in Rwanda also require your test reports conducted prior to your travel and upon arrival too. The test conducted upon arrival will remain valid for 120 hours only, and you will have to get retested after this.

Landing In Rwanda

Once you have safely touched down in Rwanda, following all the travel prerequisites, you can then move on to the actual purpose of your travel. You can start visiting the tourist sites, of course, following the SOPs and never doing anything without necessary precautions. Major attractions in Rwanda are the national parks named Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Nyungwe National Park. These places bring you closer to nature while ensuring our safety and comfort. You must get a reservation online before visiting any of these parks as well.

Akagera National Park

This park is a habitat for zebras, elephants, rhinoceroses, crocodiles, giraffes, and other precious wildlife that was previously on the brink of extinction. There are different landscapes found in this park, such as savannahs, islands covered with forests, and mountains too.

Rusumo Falls

These are the largest waterfalls in Rwanda and could be visited on the way to Akagera National Park.

King’s Palace Museum – Rukari

This museum displays the royal residencies and the ways royalty lived and existed in their times. A guided tour is also available that enlightens the tourists about the architectural characteristics of these residencies.

Volcanoes National Park

This place is famous for its volcanoes and mountain gorillas. This is the most attractive and in-demand place for a visit, and tourists love it because of close interaction with the gorillas.

National Arts Gallery – Rwesero

This gallery holds a memorial to the genocides and other noteworthy moments in the history of Rwanda. The art in the form of sculptures and paintings displays a number of themes.

Nyungwe National Park This is one of the largest and well-kept forest national parks in Africa. The beautiful green rainforest here is habituated by chimpanzees and different species of monkeys who are friendly and harmless. The biggest pleasure here is a nice trek along the beautifully maintained trail extending within the forest.

Gorilla Guardians Village

This is a place where tourists can experience the real village life of Rwanda. Tourists can engage themselves in different activities that villagers usually do in their everyday lives.

Pfunda Tea Estate

In the rainy season, the tea plantation yields the maximum results, and the Pfunda Tea Factory processes tons of tea every day. Tourists are given guided tours of the complete process of tea making, and they see every stage it goes through before assuming its final form and packaging.

Ethnographic Museum

This museum carries the oldest of memorials and artifacts dating back to pre-colonial times in Rwanda. There is the largest collection of archeological and ethnographical artifacts in this museum.