Rwanda has temporarily suspended direct flights to and from Southern Africa citing Omicron, a new Coronavirus variant that was first detected in South Africa. 

An extraordinary Cabinet meeting was chaired by His Excellency Paul KAGAME today to discuss Rwanda’s response to the Covid-19 Omicron variant, which has been designated a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization. While the variant has not been detected in Rwanda, its effects are potentially dangerous and therefore Rwandans and residents of Rwanda are required to exercise extra vigilance in the practice and enforcement of preventive measures.

Effective immediately:

• Direct flights between Rwanda and southern Africa are temporarily suspended.

• All arriving and departing passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

• All arriving passengers must quarantine for 24 hours at a designated hotel at their own cost. A Could-19 PCR test will be taken upon arrival at own cost, and an additional test, cowered by the Government of Rwanda, taken on day 7 from the arrival date, at a designated testing site.

• A 7-day quarantine at own cost will be required for passengers travelling from, or those with a recent history of travel in, particularly affected countries. This list will be communicated by the Ministry of Health, following continuous assessment of global health conditions, in collaboration with the relevant international institutions.

• People attending events/gatherings including conferences, concerts, weddings, festivals or exhibitions must be fully vaccinated and tested. As much as possible, gatherings should take place outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces.

All other existing health measures shall remain in force.

Rwandans are urged to get fully vaccinated, frequently tested, and continue being vigilant in practicing Covid-19 preventive measures including physical distancing, properly wearing face masks, ensuring proper ventilation, and hand hygiene.