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Because of the high altitude of the
country, Rwanda has a pleasant tropical highland climate, with a daily
temperature range as great as 14°C (25°F). Temperature vary
considerably from region to region because of the variations in altitude. The
average daytime temperature is about 30°C except in the highlands where it
is much cooler. There are four seasons; long rains from mid March to mid May,
short rains from mid-October to mid-December; long dry period from mid-May to
mid-October and short dry season from mid-December to mid-March. The north-east
has more rainfall than other parts of the country.
Climate Chart for Kigali
today's weather forecast see CNN - Africa Weather
LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
State Department - Travel
VISAS & IMMIGRATION
For UK Nationals and
Nationals of the following countries; Burundi Canada Democratic Republic of
Congo Germany Hong Kong Kenya South Africa Sweden Uganda United States of
America. there is no fee for a visa application and visas can be obtained at
any major point of entry into the Republic of Rwanda at no cost.
please always check with your nearest embassy for current visa
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Official Currency: Rwanda
Franc (FRw)=100 centimes.
Current Exchange Rate:
BANKING and FOREX: Bills older than the year 2000 are
generally not accepted. $100 bills will fetch the best rate; bills under $20
are often not accepted. Credit cards are still not in general use and won't be
very helpful except at the country's top hotels..
BANKING & BUSINESS HOURS
Banking: Monday to Friday: 0830-1130 and 1330-1630
Monday to Friday: 0830-1300 and 1400-1700 Saturday:
two hours ahead of GMT
TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND
Domestic Flights within Rwanda
Air Rwanda runs
domestic flights from Kigali to Gisenyi and Kamembe. There is a small departure
tax charged for domestic flights
Minibuses serve most of the main towns but road conditions are poor, and very
Self Drive / Hire Cars:
Driving is on the right hand side and an International Driving Licence is
required. There are no international car hire firms in Rwanda but local
establishments can be found in Kigali.
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Electrical PowerElectric Power is 230V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
Round pin attachment plug -
Round pins with
round grounding pin (offset) -
If you need medical care whilst in
Rwanda, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment
through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in
full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for
reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit
card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local
embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated by
licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
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