TRAVEL & STAY
In this section you will find all the necessary information for a comfortable trip to Kigali. Kigali is a safe and relaxed destination to travel to. The Kigali Convention Centre just 30 minutes away from the Kigali International Airport and about 15 minutes from any point of the city. Kigali International Airport is served by all major international carriers. We recommend you book your travel early so that you guarantee your ticket and also your accommodation.
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Hotel bookings for VIV Africa can be made via the BTC Group. Please contact BTC Group to make hotel reservations.
Kigali International Airport is located in the suburb of Kanombe, on the eastern edge of Kigali and approximately 5km (3.1 miles) from the conference venue.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
The Rwandan Ministry of Health requires all travellers coming from countries where yellow fever is endemic to produce proof of vaccination at border posts. Delegates without proof of vaccination will be immunized at the airport clinic.
The following Rwandan mobile telecommunication service providers are available:
Mobile telephone service providers also provide a gateway to the Internet using GPRS, 3G and 4G. Cell phone SIM cards are widely available. Every SIM card user/buyer in Rwanda is expected by law to be registered prior to activation. SIM cards can be registered at the point of purchase.
The unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation.
Central bank rates can be found on the National Bank of Rwanda website www.bnr.rw
Bureaux de Change (Forex Bureaus) are available at the airport 24/7, and in all parts of Kigali City during working hours.
The electricity supply in Rwanda is 220/240V AC. You are advised to bring your own round, two-prong adapter and transformer for 110V AC.
Banking hours are from 08:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.
Banking amenities are available at all commercial banks. Most banks have cash dispensing machines accepting Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus. Bureau de Change facilities are available in all parts of Kigali city.
Most internationally recognized currencies and travelers’ cheques can be exchanged at commercial banks, hotels and international airport. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
As part of an environmental protection policy, plastic bags are not allowed into Rwanda. Passengers entering Kigali International Airport, or any other border posts with plastic bags are required to discard them, and are supplied with an environmentally friendly alternative at a cost ranging between $2-$6.
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BUSINESS & SHOPPING HOURS
Public offices open from 07.00 to 17.00, while businesses open from 08.00 to 18.00, Monday to Friday. Weekend business hours range between 09.00 and 13.00.
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In case of emergency, please refer to the numbers listed below.
• Fire Brigade (Toll Free from a local line): 111 or +250 788 311 224
• Ambulance (Toll Free from a local line): 912
• General Assistance (Toll free from a local line): 997
• Rwanda National Police (Toll free from a local line) :112
Rwanda boasts a green mountainous landscape, renowned for its Volcanoes National Park which encompasses the 4,507m high. Mt. Karisimbi and four other forested volcanoes, as well as being home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. In addition, the Nyungwe National Park, with ancient mountain rainforest providing a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates, the vast Akagera National Park and other iconic sites, ensure your visit will present unique opportunities to enrich your travel experience by exploring the Land of a Thousand Hills.
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