Traveling during the time of Covid may be challenging, but it can also be extraordinary. Having just returned from a three-week trip to Rwanda, leading two of our Insider Journey trips, I am happy to report that the country—which was early to lockdown last March—continues to maintain strict Covid protocols and has seen very few cases as a result. It is truly an incredible place, for its wildlife, its history, its emerging artists and its resilience. In Rwanda, the concept of ubumuntu—which means to be human, to be humane, to recognize the humanity of others—was adopted during the reconciliation to help the country heal; it is ever-present and seems to be guiding the country through this unprecedented time of Covid, too. Here’s why you should travel to Rwanda in 2021.Contact us to learn more about our upcoming Insider Journeys to Kenya or Rwanda or receive an itinerary and talk with one of our travel specialists about these trips, new COVID-19 policies or future trip-planning advice.1. The country has one of the lowest Covid risks in the world and has been pioneering safe international travel during the pandemic. Rwanda is on the CDC’s list of low-risk Covid countries, one of less than 50 that includes places like Australia, Bermuda, the Isle of Man, Greenland and New Zealand. It reopened its borders to foreign travelers on August 1, so long as they produce a negative PCR Covid test on arrival and are quarantined in their hotel until they receive another negative Covid test, usually within less than 20 hours. Negative tests (done by throat swab, not nasal) are also required to visit the gorillas and before departure. An on-arrival rapid testing center is expected to be unveiled at the airport soon, possibly making Rwanda the first country in Africa to offer what could become standard protocol.
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