Rwanda visa requirements for Zimbabweans

Travel and visa requirements

Rwandan Visa is not required for Zimbabweans

Stay Duration: 30 days

Entry Requirements

  • The government of Rwanda allow citizens of Zimbabwe to visit the country for a period of 30 days by applying for an e-visa.
  • Visitors can also obtain a visa on arrival at any airport or land border in Rwanda.
  • 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.
  • Nationals of Zimbabwe travelling to Rwanda must provide proof of a confirmed means of accommodation for their entire stay in Rwanda. This could be in the form of a hotel reservation or a sponsor letter from a host living in the country.
  • Tourists are also required to provide evidence of enough funds to cater for their needs during their stay in Rwanda.
  • The import and export of local currency are limited to RWF5000. Although the import and export of foreign currency are unlimited, it must be declared upon arrival and exchanged within 8 days.
  • Travellers under the age of 18 must show travel authorization from their parents or guardians.
  • Intending visitors can get to Rwanda from international airports in Zimbabwe. There are international airports in Harare and Bulawayo.
  • RwandAir, Ethiopian Airways and Kenya Airways are some of the carriers that fly from Zimbabwe to Rwanda.
  • The estimated flight time from Harare to Kigali, Rwanda is 2 hours, 25 minutes and from Bulawayo, it is  7 hours, 5 minutes.
  • The Rwandan Franc 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.
  • 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. 
  • Tourists can transport themselves in Rwanda through buses, taxis and car rentals. 
  • Kinyarwanda is the national and the spoken language in Rwanda. It is also one of the country’s official language alongside French, English, and Swahili. 
  • 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, from October to November is the rainy season and the short dry season from December to February. 
  • Brochettes,  Mandazi and Ugali are some foods tourists can try during their stay in Rwanda.
  • Tourists in Rwanda can budget about $43 to spend on daily expenses.
  • The power and socket plug used in Rwanda are of Type C and J. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Rwanda uses Central Africa Time (GMT +2). There is no time difference between both countries.
  •  Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the tap water in Rwanda safe to drink?

Tourists are advised not to drink tap water during their time in Rwanda. Always ensure you drink bottled water, even when brushing your teeth (this is just a safety precaution). You must also make sure that the ice in your drinks is made from bottled or purified water.

What should I wear in Rwanda?

A short-sleeved shirt or top with trousers or a skirt that goes over the knee would be fine. Outside of Kigali and other tourist areas, Rwandan locals tend to dress in a more conservative way. Also, when tracking gorillas, avoid bright colors. Muted colors like green, brown, blue, etc., are best.

Is Rwanda safe for tourists travel?

Yes, tourists can travel to Rwanda and not experience any safety issue. However, like any other country, Rwanda has its setbacks. Tourists are advised to take necessary precautions when moving around in the country. 

When is the best time to travel to Rwanda?

Generally, the best time to visit Rwanda is from June to mid-September which is the long dry season. The months between December and February (called the short dry season) is great too.

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