Rwanda visa requirements for Sierra Leoneans

Travel and visa requirements

Rwandan Visa is not required for Sierra Leoneans

Stay Duration: 30 days

Entry Requirements

  • Citizens of Sierra Leone intending to travel to Rwanda can stay for up to 30 days without a visa.
  • Intending visitors are required to have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival into Rwanda.
  • The passport should have at least a blank page for visa stamping.
  • Visitors must provide proof of accommodation for their entire stay in Rwanda. This could be in the form of a  confirmed hotel booking or an invitation letter from a host living in the country.
  • They are also required to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses throughout their stay in Rwanda.
  • The import and export of local currency are limited to RWF 5000 and its equivalent.  Currencies exceeding that amount must be declared upon arrival or exit.
  • Rwanda uses Central Africa Time (GMT +2), making Rwanda 2 hours ahead of Sierra Leone.
  • The estimated flight time from Freetown, Sierra Leone to Kigali, Rwanda is 6 hours, 38 minutes.
  • Christianity is the dominant religion in Rwanda, with Roman Catholics, Protestants and Seventh-day Adventist being the leading denominations. About 5% of the population are Sunni Muslims and 2% practice indigenous religions. 
  • Kinyarwanda is the most widely spoken language in Rwanda and also one of the country’s official language alongside French, English, and Swahili. 
  • The Rwandan Franc (RWF) is the official currency used in Rwanda. However, the US Dollar can also be used for transaction purposes. Visitors can exchange their foreign currency at various bank and exchange outlets in the country.
  • Tourists can transport themselves in Rwanda through buses, taxis and car rentals. 
  • Rwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate. From June to mid-September is the long dry season, which is generally the best time to visit, October to November is the rainy season and the short dry season is from December to February. 
  • Rwanda was one of the first countries in the world to ban the use of plastic bags.
  • Tourists in Rwanda can budget about $43 to spend on daily expenses.
  • The power and socket plugs used in Rwanda are of  Types C and J. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Majority of the population of Rwanda live off subsistence farming. This is why most of their meals rely on starchy crops such as potato, cassava etc.
  • Brochettes,  Mandazi and Ugali are some foods tourists can try during their stay in Rwanda.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are credit cards accepted in Rwanda?

Credit cards are accepted by a few places in Kigali and a few hotels/lodges in the country. In most places only cash is accepted. 

What time zone is Rwanda in?

Rwanda adopts the use of GMT+2 and this places the country 2 hours ahead of Sierra Leone.

Do I need vaccination for Rwanda?

Rwanda falls into the Yellow Fever zone of Africa. Visitors to the country are required to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever 10 days prior to their arrival in the country. They are also required to take precautions against malaria.