FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 AND VISITING RWANDA WITH AFRICA NEW LIFE

While Africa New Life will be hosting travelers, we ask our travelers’ help and compliance to help achieve a safe environment. Our highest commitment is the safety of our travelers, and the Rwandan communities Africa New Life serves.

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No. There are no vaccines required, including against COVID-19, to enter Rwanda. However, Africa New Life strongly recommends all travelers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



  1. U.S. Center for Disease Control: General international travel recommendations
  2. U.S. Center for Disease Control: Rwanda-specific travel recommendations


Below is a list of the additional testing, documentation, and quarantine measures to expect. Policies change frequently. Our staff will keep travelers informed and provide a pre-departure checklist two weeks prior to travel. Click to check the latest travel advice from Rwanda and the U.S.

  • COVID-19 testing prior to departure: Cost varies
  • Completing online Passenger Locator form for Rwanda prior to departure
  • Testing upon arrival in Rwanda: $60
  • Quarantine upon arrival in Rwanda: Required only for those who are NOT vaccinated
  • Testing prior to hotel stays: $5
  • Testing prior to departure: $50
  • We recommend purchasing refundable airfare: May have higher fares
  • Travelers may choose to purchase “cancel for any reason” travel insurance


All travelers, no matter their vaccination status, will be expected to follow Rwandan laws and Africa New Life protocols including:

  • Masking: Required in all airports and during flights. In Rwanda, full-time masking is required in public, at church, in vehicles, or as mandated by the Rwandan government
  • Distancing: Kindly limit hugging, handshaking, and other close physical contact
  • Testing: PCR test upon arrival ($60) and departure ($50), and a $5 rapid test prior to hotel stays
  • Quarantine: If unvaccinated, up to 24 hours hotel stay is required upon arrival. Africa New Life will help make reservations and provide transportation.
  • No in-home visits: Student visits will take place at Africa New Life sponsorship offices instead of inside homes
  • Gathering restrictions: No large gatherings or crowds, possible restrictions on church attendance or conference gatherings
  • Curfews or closures: May be in place and vary depending on location


  • Discontinuation of traveler’s planned trip itinerary and activities.
  • Inability to leave Rwanda or enter the United States. Testing positive for COVID-19 while in Rwanda will result in mandatory isolation for up to 10 days or until a negative test result is received. The U.S. will not permit positive persons to enter the country. Rwanda will not allow positive persons to leave the country.
  • Africa New Life has a defined protocol: COVID-19 positive travelers will be required to isolate in a designated room at the Africa New Life Guest House. Meals will be taken in the room. We will arrange for you to have health checks by medical professionals from Dream Medical Center. If treatment or hospitalization is required, we will help arrange for it. Our staff will continue to support the traveler until they’re well and able to depart Rwanda.
  • Traveler will be responsible for all additional costs outside of original trip including additional nights’ lodging, meals, and airfare changes.
  • Unplanned out-of-pocket expenses for medical care received while traveling (can seek reimbursement from travel-medical-insurance).
  • Possible severe illness, or need to receive medical treatment or hospitalization in a Rwandan hospital.
  • The possibility of unintentionally infecting Africa New Life staff, students and program participants.


Yes. Our heart is to have our guests be as healthy and well as possible. We encourage our guests to consider our staff and those we serve in Rwanda when making this decision. We also want to help guard against travel delays and expenses incurred if a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 during their travels. Our advice is grounded in the guidance put forth by the Rwandan government, the World Health Organization, and the CDC.

The CDC advises: “Do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated there are additional recommendations to follow before, during, and after travel. Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.


All travelers with Africa New Life will be asked to disclose their vaccination status. Travelers will sign a Release of Information and acknowledgment that their vaccination status may impact the itinerary and activities included in their trip. Unvaccinated travelers may be required to follow additional distancing, masking, testing, and quarantine procedures as required by the Rwandan government. A traveler’s vaccination status will be disclosed to Team Leaders and Africa New Life staff as necessary.


Yes! We know how important it is to see your sponsored student in person! We will make every effort to make this happen. To keep families and communities safe, a “home” visit will not be held in the home. We will be conducting all student visits at Africa New Life facilities. Our staff will help get your sponsored student and their family to the Africa New Life office where you will be able to sit and have fellowship with your student.


Africa New Life requires all travelers to have international medical emergency coverage. Since many U.S. health care plans to not extend to overseas coverage, we purchase Allianz’s World Travel Protection plans for our travelers. Our priority is to ensure all travelers can seek reimbursement should they need emergency medical care while traveling overseas.

The Allianz policy does include limited (typically $300-$1,000) reimbursement for trip cancellation, interruption, or delay, even if due to COVID-19. The Allianz travel policy advises, “You must not have traveled against the orders or advice of any government or other public authority at any location to, from, or through which you are traveling on your trip.” Thus, it is possible unvaccinated travelers would not qualify for reimbursement for delays or interruptions due to testing positive for COVID-19, since the U.S. CDC advises against international travel for unvaccinated travelers.

Understanding coverage and the filing of any claims is the full responsibility of each traveler. Africa New Life cannot advise on coverage specifics and encourages travelers to contact the insurance carrier directly for clarifications. Travelers are welcome to procure their own additional trip insurance to cover circumstances important to them, such as “cancel for any reason” coverage.


No. Even after vaccination, it is still possible to spread COVID-19. For this reason, all travelers will be required to follow distancing, sanitizing, masking, and no in-home visit protocols in Rwanda. Travelers should expect to continue following COVID-19 safety protocols in Rwanda even after vaccination, until it is deemed safe to do otherwise.


The choice is up to each person and group. There are increased health risks, higher costs and added processes and procedures involved in traveling today. We encourage you to pray, to discuss with your fellow staff, and potential team members. Our Africa New Life staff is available to you! We are here to answer questions, concerns and to work together to reach a decision that feels right for you.


Low. We will only cancel travel if the restrictions or risk make travel unwise. If the government of Rwanda imposes a strict lockdown, transportation limit, or shelter in place order that will significantly limit your ability to achieve your itinerary, we may cancel your trip. We will make decisions in conjunction with your team leader and communicate openly and quickly to all travelers.


If you have additional questions or concerns, please email teamtrips@africanewlife.org.