The Connect Africa Summit will be held at the
Telephone +250 597100
Fax +250 597101
Address P.O. Box 7469
Host country official
Rwandair Express operates flights directly between Kigali and Entebbe
(Uganda), Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Bujumbura (Burundi).
Other direct flights to Kigali are run by Kenya Airways from Nairobi,
Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa and Bujumbura, and South African Airways
from Johannesburg. Belgian carrier SN Brussels Airlines is the only European
company to operate direct flights to Rwanda with service on Tuesdays and
Kigali International Airport at Kanombe is approximately 12 km (7.5 miles)
east of the city center, where conference sessions will be held.
Please note: You MUST reconfirm your departing flight from Kigali three days
in advance or your reservation could be cancelled. Assistance will be provided
at the conference for delegates to confirm their airline reservations prior to
A valid passport and an entry visa are required to enter Rwanda. Applicants holding national passports from USA, Germany, Canada, Tanzania,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain,
Sweden, Hong Kong (China) and Burundi do not need entry visas due to the bilateral
agreement that Rwanda has with these countries.
Applicants holding Diplomatic and official passports are not required to
apply for a visa.
Conference participants may obtain a Rwandan visa from the Rwandan embassies
located in the following countries:
Pretoria, South Africa -
Bonn, Germany -
Brussels, Belgium -
Bujumbura, Burundi -
Ottawa, Canada -
Beijing, China -
New Delhi, India -
Tokyo, Japan -
Nairobi, Kenya -
London, Great Britain -
Geneva, Switzerland -
Dar-es-salam, Tanzania -
Kampala, Uganda -
Washington, DC, United States of America -
Amsterdam, Holland - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Delegates from countries with no Rwanda diplomatic representation may
Follow instructions here. Note that hotels
can be booked after you have registered as a Summit participant.
Cars/drivers will be available for delegates for transportation from
airport to hotels, as well as from hotels to the place of the Summit
Metered taxis are available in Kigali. Fares across the city are usually 2000
RWF to 8000 RWF. Some taxis in Kigali are not metered. Reputable un-metered
taxis usually have an orange stripe along the base of the vehicle, but be sure
to agree on a fare before beginning the trip. Tipping is not expected.
Public transportation is provided by taxi minibuses called matatu. There is
not a central local bus station, so the minibuses cruise the streets,
advertising their destination in the front window. Buses can usually be waived
down. Most routes operate with a fare of 150 RWF.
Rwanda enjoys a subtropical climate with two main season : a rainy season and
a dry season. October is in the rain season, with temperature of 22° (with peaks
on 27°-30° on rare occasions).
Local time in Kigali : GMT+2hours.
The three official languages of Rwanda are French, English and Kinyarwanda. In
Kigali, many people speak French and an increasing number speak English.
Local currency, change and payment
Delegates are advised that some merchants and exchange bureaus will not
accept U.S. currency printed before the year 2000. Please request newer notes
from your bank if you will be bringing cash to the conference.
The official currency in Rwanda is the Franc Rwandais (FRW). The Rwandan
Franc is not tied to the Euro and is subject to fluctuations.
|1 US $
Credit cards are of limited use in Rwanda. At this time, MasterCard is far
more widely accepted than Visa (the Visa stickers you see outside some hotels
refer to cards issued domestically). Even so, the use of MasterCard extends only
to certain hotels in Kigali and very few places outside the capital.
Euros or US Dollars can be exchanged at local banks or Forex bureaus.
Travelers cheques are not recommended as they are difficult to exchange.
The three major banks in Kigali are:
Banque de Kigali - Avenue de Commerce
Banque Commerciale de Rwanda – Boulevard de la Revolution
Banque de Commerce, de Development et de l’Industriel – Avenue de la Paix
Standard banking hours are Monday to Friday: 0830-1130 and 1330-1630;
Saturday: 0830-1130. As a general rule, shops and offices are open Monday through Friday from 0700
to midday and from 1400 to 1700 or 1800. Shops are also open Saturdays from 0700
Value Added Tax (VAT)
Please contact the Rwanda Revenue Authority.
Three reliable telecommunications networks are available in
Rwanda (one fixed and two mobile). Rwanda country code is +250. Wireless
Internet connectivity will be available at the Summit, as well
as the cybercafé for delegates.
Electric Power is 230V running at 50Hz.
It is important to stay well hydrated while traveling in Rwanda. Bottled mineral
water is available in all major towns, including Kigali. It is not recommended
to drink the tap water.
If you need medical assistance while in Rwanda, it will be expected that you
pay in full at the time of your treatment. It is recommended that you contact
your insurance provider to discuss your international coverage and/or look into
travel insurance to decide if it is right for you. For prescriptions, the
pharmacy on Boulevard de la Revolution is open 24 hours.
During the event, Serena Medical service will be at your disposal. For more serious assistance, Kigali offers two 24-hour
hospitals, which are listed below. Each hospital is equipped with laboratory,
x-ray, and pharmacy services. Please note that most emergency surgical cases are
evacuated to Nairobi or Pretoria.
King Faisal Hospital
Located behind the Novotel Hotel
Phone: 582-421 / 588-888
Centre Hospitalier de Kigali CHK
Located at the center of Kigali in the district of Nyarugenge
Phone: 575-555 / 576-466 / 576-499
When traveling internationally, it is always a good practice to be
prepared for unforeseen events. Please plan to carry enough of your
medications for the duration of your trip. Also, it is advisable to
carry an emergency medical card detailing any medications, allergies,
etc. detailed in English or French.
In the event of emergencies, it is imperative that you contact your
embassy of consulate in Rwanda
Rwanda requires a certificate for yellow fever vaccination for
admittance into the country. If you are unable to have the yellow-fever
vaccination (i.e. if you are immuno-compromised or allergic to eggs),
ten you will need to obtain an exemption certificate. This will usually
allow you entry into one country, but check with the embassy to be sure.
If your flight requires a layover stay in another country requiring
yellow fever vaccination, you may need an additional exemption.
Malaria is the greatest helth risk to travelers in Rwanda. Seek
professional medical advice to ascertain the preferred anti-malarial
drugs for Rwanda at the time you travel. in addition to taking anti-malarials,
it is important to also avoid mosquito bites between dusk and dawn,
which is when the anopheles (malaria-carrying) mosquito is most active.
You may also require additional immunizations and should consult your
health care provider prior to travel.
Generally, Rwandans balance a conservative outlook with a great deal of
tolerance. Kigali itself is generally regarded as one of the safest cities in
Africa. Pleasantries are very important and should be exchanged before
proceeding with any conversation. Also, handshake etiquette is important and
best picked up by observation.
Asking people their ethnic identity (Tutsi or Hutu) should be avoided. The
Government of Rwanda is trying to build a society of Rwandans and asking people
you don’t know their ethnic identity can be very embarrassing and unwelcome.
Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks
The Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks invites you to experience Rwanda
during your visit. Information on the country and things to do while in Rwanda.