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Rwanda to Reopen Airports on August 1

KIGALI – Rwanda’s airports will reopen for scheduled commercial flight operations on 1 August following a three-month lull due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s infrastructure ministry said Saturday.

In a statement dated July 4, 2020, the ministry of Infrastructure said that all passengers will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory.

“All passengers, including those in transit will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory, taken within 72 hours of arriving in Rwanda,” the statement read in part.

“For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered within 24 hours during which time they [passengers] will remain in designated hotels at own cost,” added the statement.

Mbarara City News understands that in order to ensure the safety and health of passengers, crews and staff, airport operations will also be required to adhere to guidelines developed by Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and recommendations of the ICAO Council on Aviation Recovery Taskforce.

According to ICAO, these recommendations and guidelines will continuously be reviewed and updated based on the latest medical and operational advice. The guidelines are intended to harmonize and not replace the COVID-19 recovery road maps currently established by States, Regions, or industry groups.

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