Follow up Workshop on a Pilot Design for Air Quality in Africa - Rwanda Travel Information

See a list of general Rwanda information below

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. passports must be valid for six months after the date of entry into Rwanda. Travelers can obtain a Rwandan visa through the following procedures: Obtain a 30-day tourist visa at the port of entry for $50 (single entry) or $70 (multiple entry).


1 Rwandan franc = 0.00096 United States Dollar


The most popular hotels are:

Radisson Blu


Serena Hotel

Ubumwe Grand Hotel

Heaven Boutique Hotel

All of the above hotels are close to Kigali City Center and are about a 20-30 drive to the CMU-Africa Campus. The conference site will be at CMU-Africa 2 – our campus is located at the Special Economic Zone, Zone Phase II, Kigali, Rwanda.

The Special Economic Zone is a new development by the Government of Rwanda and is designed to be an innovation hub and it’s a bit out of the city center, (20-30 minute drive) but most of the good hotels are in the city center,

Trip advisor list of best hotels in Kigali

Affordable and Good Quality Local Hotels

Hotel Portofino - decent hotel with a nice pool. They have their own restaurant and they are not far from a few restaurants. It shows up as $44 per night when I look at some dates around the conference. You might check yourself or call the hotel.

This is the closest hotel to the conference location (but still needs transport to get to the conference):

It is $60 per night for a single. You can contact them for a better rate. 

Rwanda Information

  1. Time zone: Central Africa Time (GMT/UTC+2hours)
  2. Capital: The political and economical city of Rwanda is Kigali.
  3. Language: Kinyarwanda is the mother tongue and the commonly spoken language by the locals. Additionally French and English are also official languages.
  4. Visa: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months. Rwanda is visa on arrival for everyone, for more information see here. A single entry, Free of charge and it is given at the entry point is provided for countries which are part of the African Union, Commonwealth, and la Francophonie for a stay not more than 30 days. For others (e.g. US citizens) it is $50USD. You can pay with cash or a credit card when you arrive at the airport.
  5. Currency: Cash payments are made in Rwandan Francs (1USD= 1060Rwf, National Bank of Rwanda average rate as of 06th/12/2022). Please note that small bills (Below US $50), the exchange rate is smaller.
  6. Payments: A growing number of places accept credit and debit cards, with Visa being more widely accepted than Mastercard. It’s best to check when making a booking.
  7. What to wear: The forecasted weather is 62°F - 81°F (17° - 27°C), light clothing is usually preferrable but you might want to bring a light sweater or jacket as there is a chance of rainfall in January.
  8. Please refrain from bringing plastic bags to Rwanda
  9. Power adapter: plugs in Rwanda are the same as in most of Europe — two-pronged, round plugs (type C); the voltage is 240V.
  10. Health: Covid-19 testing is no longer a requirement prior to coming or departing from Rwanda. However, regular Covid-19 testing is encouraged.