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Money and duty free for Rwanda

Currency and Money

Currency information

Rwanda Franc (RWF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of RWF 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of RWF100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. US dollars are the currency of choice but do make sure you bring newer (and undamaged or torn) bills. 

Credit cards

Accepted at major hotels and restaurants in Kigali. MasterCard and Visa are the preferred cards.


There are several ATMs in Kigali but not all of them acept foreign cards. 

Travellers cheques

Only a few banks in Rwanda accepts American Express travellers cheques. 

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1400-1700, Sat 0800-1200.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is limited to RWF5000. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited, but must be declared upon arrival and exchanged within 8 days.

Rwanda duty free


The following items may be imported into Rwanda by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L or spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which up to a quarter may be perfume.
• Goods up to US$500 in value.

Banned Imports

Prohibited goods include counterfeit coins and notes, pornography, matches made with white phosphorus, distilled beverages such as absinthe, soaps and cosmetics containing mercury, used tyres, and counterfeit goods.

Restricted goods include animal traps, unwrought precious metals and stones, arms and ammunition, historical artefacts, ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, and non-indigenous species of fish.

Banned Exports

Game trophies can only be exported with special permission of the Game Department.

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