In the first exercise of voluntary testing services for Covid-19 which took place on Tuesday morning, this paid service was offered to people at high risk of contracting this virus, such as cross-border traders and truckers, and those planning to travel abroad before international flights resume next week.
According to the Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), this service will be provided at the National Reference Laboratory in Kigali, at a cost of around 50,000 Rwf (around $52) per test for Rwandans and $100 per test for foreigners. .
According to him, authentic results are obtained after two Covid-19 tests, leaving a period of seven days between the two tests.
People leaving the country should also undergo this test according to the health guidelines set for their destination, he said.
Having closed its borders on 20 March, the Rwandan government plans to reopen airports on 1 st August to regular commercial traffic. The airports in the East African country were reopened to private tourist and charter flights on June 17.
All passengers, especially those in transit, must present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test from a certified laboratory, taken within seventy-two hours of arrival in Rwanda.
“For passengers entering Rwanda, a second PCR test will be performed on arrival, with results delivered within twenty-four hours, during which time they will stay in designated hotels, at their own expense,” the government said.
Measures put in place by Rwandan airports to protect passengers and staff include hand sanitizers, physical distancing marks, airport disinfection and equipment.
In addition, detailed guidelines to ensure safe operations have been established, with passengers also required to complete a passenger tracing form before arriving in Rwanda.