Passport and Visa
A valid passport is mandatory. Visas required by all visitors except nationals of the USA, Germany, Canada, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo, cost US$35 upwards depending on place of issue. Nationals of countries without an embassy can obtain a visa on arrival by prior arrangement with your host to the country.
A certificate of yellow-fever vaccination is required. Much of Rwanda lies at too high an elevation for malaria to be a concern, but the disease is present and prophylactic drugs are strongly recommended. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water can be bought in all towns.
The unit of currency is Rwanda franc. The US dollar is the hard currency of reference. It may be impossible to exchange travellers’ cheques at a good rate (or at all) while your away from the town or city.
Best time to Visit
Rwanda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla tracking and other forest walks are less demanding during drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as Pala arctic migrants supplement resident species.
Electricity230/240 volts at 50Hz.
In addition to the indigenous language of Kinyarwanda, French and English are official languages. French is widely spoken throughout the country but also people speak English language.
Banking & business hours
Most banks, shops and offices are open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, with a lunch break being taken between noon and 2pm. Banks are open from 8am to noon on Saturdays.