Rwanda will reopen for commercial flights on 1 August 2020, almost three months after the East African country had been placed under a lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Infrastructure, the airports will reopen on 1 August 2020 and passengers will be required to adhere to a number of health requirements. “Rwanda’s airports will reopen for scheduled commercial operations on 1 August 2020. To ensure safety and health of passengers, crew and staff airport operations will adhere to guidelines developed by the Ministry of Health and recommendations by the ICAO Council on Aviation Recovery Taskforce.”
Among the health measures put in place, both transit and arriving passengers will be required to produce a negative Covid19 test certificate conducted within 24hours prior to the flight. Arriving passengers in Rwanda will be required to undergo a mandatory Covid19 test at which period there are required to stay at designated hotels for a 24hour period awaiting results.
The announcement comes after the Rwanda Development Board had announced the partial reopening of the airports to charter flights and tourism activities. Under these regulations the arriving passengers on charter flights had to produce a 72hour valid Covid19 negative test certificate.
Rwanda flag carrier, RwandAir had been operating cargo and special repatriation flights during the lockdown period. The airline is expected to resume services when the airports reopen.
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