Rwanda makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for motorcyclists, passengers

The Government of Rwanda has announced updated COVID-19 preventive measures where motorcyclists, cyclists and passengers must be vaccinated. The statement released on Friday 7th January 2022 by the Office of Prime Minister also shows that penalties will be applied for non-compliance.

The revised measures feature no adjustments on curfew hours and requirements for incoming and departing passengers who must present negative COVID-19 PCR test results taken in 72 hours.

Among others, all arriving passengers must quarantine for 24 hours at a designated hotel at their own cost.

The statement also reads that schools will resume in line with the current school calendar. Public offices will continue with essential staff at no more than 15% capacity while private offices must not exceed 30% capacity.

Business owners have been also ordered to ensure that employees are fully vaccinated.

“The Ministry of Health may temporarily close private or public premises with identified clusters of people infected with COVID-19,” reads part of the communiqué.

Public bus operators have been urged to ensure that all passengers onboard are vaccinated. The same directive applies to motorcyclists and cyclists.

“Motorbike and bicycle taxis are permitted to carry passengers and must comply with COVID-19 preventive measures. Operators and passengers must be vaccinated. Penalties will be applied for non-compliance.”

All services held at places of worship must not exceed 30% of maximum occupancy in the City of Kigali and 50% in other parts of the country. All attendees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

These measures take effect from 10th January 2022.