👥 Population: 12.4 million
🌍 Region: Africa
🗣 Languages: English, Kinyarwanda, Swahili
🚙 Drive on the: Right
💵 Currency: Rwandan Franc, RWF
☎️ Calling Code: +250
🔴 Internet Speed: Is generally poor at 19 Mbps on average, so you have to seek out a decent spot
Rwanda is a landlocked country in east-central Africa. Called the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is a highly biodiverse country featuring dense jungles, plenty of rolling, grassy hills, savanna, and mountains. Despite Rwanda's past the country is well developed featuring a high standard of living. It is one of the easiest countries in the world to do business, and is starting to fashion itself as a tech hub.
🦍 Rwanda is one of 3 countries in Africa where you can visit Mountain Gorillas in the wild.
👩🏿 Rwanda's Parliament has more women members than any other parliament in the world.
🩴 You're not allowed to wear flip-flops in Rwanda.
Depending on your country of origin you may stay in Rwanda visa free or alternatively receive a visa on arrival for up to 90 days. This covers all nationals from all countries.
Rwanda is one of the easiest countries in the world to start and run a business, enabling you to do everything online. We've covered the details of it in our resource for Startup visas around the world, which you can access here.
There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Rwanda but you do have to declare anything over RWF5,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.
You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Rwanda by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.
Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.
Even though VISA or MasterCard are accepted in some places in Rwanda, most establishments deal with cash only, so it helps to have some on you at all times, especially outside of Kigali.
There are 2 main mobile network providers:
These are the only two providers for visitors. Airtel is the most generous with its data packages and has good coverage, so this is recommended. Take your passport with you as identification to get your SIM.
As of July 2021, 30GB of data will cost you RWF10,000 per month.