Official communication from the Prime Minister’s Office has declared that Rwanda’s land borders will be open from today in addition to other Covid-19 protocols being eased.

Following a cabinet meeting held on Friday, 04 March 2022, an announcement was reportedly made that Rwanda’s government will open its land borders from today, 07 March 2022.

“People must be subject to random Covid-19 testing by the Ministry of Health upon entry,” declared the communique issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo remained open while its border with Tanzania was shut to regulate Covid-19. Previously, borders between Uganda and Burundi were also shut as a result of unrest prior to the pandemic.

As well as the reopening of its land borders, a curfew of midnight to 4 AM has also fallen away.

“Curfew is lifted. However, nightclubs, live bands, bars, receptions, and betting activities shall close by 2 AM,” noted the government communique.

A mandatory vaccine policy has also been implemented for citizens and those residing in Rwanda wishing to access public spaces. Private businesses, public offices and social gatherings will be allowed to operate at full capacity, however, access at any social gathering and event will require a negative Covid-19 test not older than 48 hours. The wearing of face masks also remains mandatory.

The new measures, which came into effect as of Saturday, 05 March 2022, will be reviewed again after a month.

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