Rwandair COVID-19 safety policies

Check the protective measures Rwandair have introduced at the airport and onboard flights during COVID-19 to maximise customer safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out what it is like travelling with Rwandair during COVID-19 by reading their guidance and policies.

The information is taken from Rwandair website which can be viewed HERE

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Rwandair COVID-19 safety policies

Rwandair COVID-19 policies

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At the Airport

Face mask

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when arriving at the airport and for the duration of your journey.
Ensure you have sufficient PPE for the entire journey. Additional PPE can be purchased at various points at the airport and at the duty-free shops.

Airport guidance

Rwandair recommends that you book your tickets and check-in online, to enjoy a speedier journey through the terminal and minimize contact.
The airline encourages customers to arrive at the airport four hours prior to departure to allow sufficient time to go through the required health and safety screenings and depart on time.
A certificate of a negative SARS-CoV 2 Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test performed within 120hrs of departure time from a certified laboratory is required by Airport Authority before departing, transiting or arriving in Rwanda. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted.
Only one other person is permitted to enter Kigali International Airport premises to drop a passenger to help prevent congestion in the departure zones.
New signage will help you observe physical distancing and visors have been placed at all passenger handling desks to protect you and our employees.
Surfaces at all touchpoints are disinfected regularly to ensure optimal hygiene in all customer areas.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are easily accessible throughout your journey at the airport.

Hand luggage

Only one hand luggage of 10kgs maximum will be allowed to prevent congestion at the gates and on board our aircraft.


Barcode readers will help speed up boarding and minimize contact with others to provide added safety.
Customers will also be boarded in small groups starting from the back of the aircraft .
Priority Boarding is currently offered.

Our lounges

The Rwandair lounge is currently open, however with restrictions on the services and products available.
Onboard the flight

Face mask

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when arriving at the airport and for the duration of your journey.
Rwandair crew will wear disposable gowns, gloves and goggles, in addition to face masks, throughout the flight and will always be on hand to assist you.

Service changes

In order to minimize contact on board and adjust to a new way of flying, you will notice some changes to our onboard service.
For 2-hour flights or less we will not be serving meals, we will only be providing water, soft drinks and snacks.
For mid and long-haul flights, we shall be serving pre-packaged meals.
Blankets and earphones that are normally made available for your use will always be sanitized and sealed.
All reading material, except safety cards, will be removed from seat pockets and shall not be distributed by crew.

Our aircraft

Aircraft are regularly deep cleaned and disinfected, and all surfaces, including tray tables, video screens, arm rests, safety belts and overhead luggage bins are sprayed and wiped with disinfectant before every flight.
All our aircraft are fitted with high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filters that remove over 99% of germs. The cabin air system ensures fresh air flow from the ceiling to the floor to ensure the highest standards of hygiene in the cabin.
Meanwhile the dedicated crew members including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and customer service agents have undergone new health and safety training ahead of RwandAir’s return to service.


On arrival at your destination airport, disembarking will be made by zones starting with the front of the aircraft.
At Kigali International Airport, the buses will be marked with social distancing signage and throughout the arrival area at the airport you will be continuously reminded to respect social distancing.

Arrival guidance

At the entrance of the terminal building, a footbath has been installed to disinfect arriving passengers and airport staff.
Passengers arriving in Rwanda are required to book a hotel for 24 hours. Completing the electronic Passenger Locator Form (PLF) available on is mandatory for all passengers transiting or arriving in Rwanda.
All travelers arriving in Rwanda at all points of entry will be screened
Any traveler showing any symptoms of Covid-19 and arriving from countries with confirmed cases of Covid-19 will be considered as suspected carriers and will be isolated for further investigations and laboratory testing procedures at the nearest hospital
Those confirmed with Covid-19 will be sent immediately to a dedicated treatment center.
Those confirmed as negative will remain eligible for active follow up and will be advised self-quarantine for up to14 days from the date they departed any country with confirmed Covid-19 cases.


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