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Rwanda reinstates flights with Southern Africa.

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Rwanda has reinstated flights to and from Southern Africa, just two days after Britain removed a ban on travelers from the African region.

The central African country late last month banned flights to Southern Africa over COVID 19 fears.

The countries affected by the ban were Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Rwanda`s Ministry of Health, in a statement on Thursday, said all arriving travelers are required to produce a 72-hour valid COVID 19 free certificate and only PCR tests were accepted.

“All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID 19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Realtime Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight),” read the statement.

All arriving travelers are expected to quarantine “at a designated hotel” for three days at their own cost, according to the health ministry.

“At the airport, the payment for COVID 19 test taken on arrival of 60USD (50USD for COVID 19 test and 10USD for specific logistics to their airport) will be done as per indications of the passenger locator form,” it said. “For passengers who opt for a cash payment on arrival, the balance will be given in local currency (FRW),” it added.

According to the statement, all travelers leaving the country are also required to have a COVID 19 free certificate.

The country`s health ministry on Tuesday confirmed the discovery of the Omicron variant after it had detected six cases.

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