ICLR 2023 Visa and Travel Information
Visa - (note that your current passport must have a validity of at least six months on the day of entry into Rwanda)
Money: The Rwandan franc (RWF) is the official currency, though U.S. dollars may also be used. Most vendors and banks will only accept U.S. bills printed after 2009, and exchange bureaus and hotels may refuse bills smaller than $100. Most hotels accept credit cards; but it is recommended to confirm with your hotel before arrival. In Kigali, several businesses, including restaurants and boutiques, accept credit cards. Expect to handle other expenses in cash. Most shops will not accept or exchange U.S. dollars printed before 2009. ATMs are abundant in Kigali, and usually accept most ATM cards. Credit card cash withdrawals are available only through a few banks in Kigali.
Public transportation: Shared buses and minibuses, the most common form of public transportation, can be dangerous due to reckless driving.
- Use licensed public bus and auto taxi companies
- Confirm the fare with the driver before departing
- Be cautious when using motorbike taxis, as they are generally unsafe
- Don’t use them at night