COVID-19 Travel Guidelines in Uganda and Rwanda

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, it is hard to tell what changes may happen so at Biiso Africa Safaris we encourage all our travel clients to pay a deposit of 20%  only,  which is enough to cater for the essential Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking permits. All tours/trips that are booked now are done with utmost flexibility.

Changing dates is easy without additional costs even if it is a week off from the starting date. Offering constant updates of the events happening periodically and occasionally sharing ideas along the way as the dates of travel approach. In case of the event that the situation becomes worse or any other reason why the guest is unable to travel at all, we sell the permits and refund the deposit.


  • Arriving Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in their country of origin, issued within 72 hours of departure for Uganda. (Infants aged three years and under are exempt from COVID-19 negative test requirements, so long as they are with their parents with COVID-19 negative certificates.)
  • Face masks are to be always worn by all people above the age of 6 years old in public places.
  • All Travelers must undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival.
  • Travellers departing are always advised to arrive at the airport at least four hours before their scheduled flights.
  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 120 hours of departing.
  • Travellers will always undergo temperature checking and health screening.
  • The Nationwide curfew remains in place between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am, local time; social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required always
  • Travellers who exhibit signs and symptoms of infectious disease will be always transported to an isolation centre for a COVID-19 test. waiting for their results, being available within 24 to 48 hours. If foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 and wish to be repatriated to another facility outside Uganda, they can do so at their own cost and according to COVID-19 medical evacuation protocols…


  • All travellers arriving, and departing from Rwanda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours of departure (meaning that you get tested and get results no more than 5 days before your first flight.)
  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), performed within 120 hours of departure for Rwanda. Other tests such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RT-PCR) are not accepted.
  • Before arrival, all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload their COVID-19 test certificate via
  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test to confirm the negative results of the test done before arrival. Visitors will be required to wait about 24 hours for these test results in a designated transit hotel.
  • If you are visiting any national park in Rwanda, you are required to schedule your visit within 72 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result. If your visit is more than 72 hours after the initial test on arrival in Rwanda, you will be required to take another COVID-19 test before visiting the National Parks.
  • Travellers departing are always encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least 2 days before departure.
  • Preventive measures must be followed while travelling in Rwanda: physical distancing where possible; the wearing of masks is mandatory; temperature screenings before entering certain buildings are mandatory.
  • A nationwide curfew is in place between 8:00 pm and 4:00 am local time.
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places.

What You Can Do to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease  (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.