Rwandan airports reopen to travellers

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Rwandan airports on Saturday reopened to international travellers, more than four months after the East African nation suspended commercial passenger flights to mitigate the Covid-19 outbreak.
The suspension didn’t affect cargo and emergency flights. Tourists travelling by charter flights had been allowed to enter the country that is famous for mountain gorilla tracking since June 17.

Rwandan national flag carrier RwandAir, flew to 29 destinations across 24 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia before it suspended passenger flights on March 20,
Rwandan Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete reiterated that to ensure the safety of passengers, all travellers are required to adhere to the health guidelines issued by the ministry of health.
The company’s CEO Yvonne Makolo told reporters earlier on Friday that airline will ensure social distancing measures during boarding, deeply clean the planes after each flight, and enforce the policy that every passenger is only allowed to take one piece of cabin luggage on board to avoid congestion and too many physical contacts between passengers and luggage.

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Precautionary measures also have been implemented throughout the Kigali International Airport, Rwanda’s main airport, to maintain the health and safety of customers and staff, according to Rwanda Airports Company, the airports’ operator of Rwanda. The measures include using protective plexiglass at check-in and immigration counters, thermal and temperature screening, social distancing markers and increased levels of sanitization in compliance with international standards set out by the relevant authorities, it said.

The government guidelines for arrivals require them to be tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours before departure and receive a second test upon entry into the country. Seventeen hotels have been designated by the government for travellers to stay while awaiting the result of the second test. Tourism operators, which have been hit hard by the pandemic, are expecting to bounce back

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