Kigali International Airport Reopens for Commercial Flights on 1st August

Kigali International Airport

Kigali International Airport will reopen to scheduled commercial flights on 1 August, following a three-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s infrastructure ministry said Saturday.

In a statement dated July 4, 2020, the ministry of Infrastructure said that all passengers will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory.

“All passengers, including those in transit will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arriving in Rwanda,” the statement reads.

“For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered within 24 hours during which time they [passengers] will remain in designated hotels at own cost,” added the statement.

In order to ensure the safety and health of passengers, crews and staff, airport operations will also be required to adhere to guidelines developed by Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and recommendations of the ICAO Council on Aviation Recovery Taskforce.

According to ICAO, these recommendations and guidelines will continuously be reviewed and updated based on the latest medical and operational advice. The guidelines are intended to harmonize and not replace the COVID-19 recovery roadmaps currently established by States, Regions, or industry groups.

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