Cheap flights from Nairobi to Kigali

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Travelers usually depart from Jomo Kenyatta International, or Wilson when they travel from Nairobi to Kigali. The distance between Nairobi and Kigali is 758 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Rwandair Express, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, and Air Tanzania. Nairobi and Kigali have 85 direct flights per week. When you arrive at Kigali, consider visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, and Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Rwanda.

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Check-in for a flight from Nairobi to Kigali

NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during booking
Rwandair ExpressRWDWBYes
Kenya AirwaysKQAKQYes
Ethiopian AirlinesETHETYes
EmiratesUAEEKNo
Air TanzaniaATCTCYes

Online check-in is not available for these airlines.

Rwanda COVID-19 travel restrictions

Your trip summary

Most travelers from Kenya with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination can enter Rwanda, but there are restrictions.

Departure

COVID-19 testing
  • Travel is allowed with restrictions

  • Mandatory COVID-19 test

  • No quarantine required

Visa requirements
  • Visa on arrival

Forms and documents
  • No proof of vaccination required for Rwanda

  • Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

Additional information
  • Masks are recommended in some places

Return

Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

  • No proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test required for vaccinated travelers

  • No quarantine required

Visa requirements
  • Visa on arrival

Forms and documents
  • Mandatory proof of vaccination for Kenya

  • Mandatory health surveillance form

Additional information
  • Health screening on arrival

  • Masks are recommended in indoor public places

Information is provided as guidance only and accurate at the time of publishing. Always check government websites and airline materials before booking and traveling.

Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions in Rwanda in our dedicated Stories article.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Nairobi to Kigali?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Nairobi and Kigali takes around 1.7 hours.
What is the flight distance between Nairobi and Kigali?
The flight distance between Nairobi and Kigali is 758 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Nairobi and Kigali?
Several carriers operate flights between Nairobi and Kigali. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express.
What are the most popular routes to and from Nairobi?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Nairobi and Mombasa, Malindi, Ukunda, Kisumu, Entebbe, Eldoret, London, Lamu, Melbourne, Perth, Dublin, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Sydney, Mumbai, Juba, Maasai Mara, Addis Ababa, Durban, Helsinki.
What are the most popular routes to and from Kigali?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Kigali and Singapore, Manila, London, Zanzibar, Entebbe, Dhaka, Cape Town, New Delhi, Taipei, Bangkok, Brisbane, Melbourne, Denpasar, Vancouver, Addis Ababa, Maputo, Budapest, Chennai, Istanbul, Maseru.
Which airports are there in Nairobi?
Nairobi is mainly served by Jomo Kenyatta International. But there are other airports nearby, including Wilson.
What airports are near Nairobi?
The main airport in Nairobi is Jomo Kenyatta International. It is also served by Arusha, Nanyuki, Amboseli.
What airports are near Kigali?
The main airport in Kigali is Kigali International. It is also served by Kigali International, Goma International, Kihihi Airstrip.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Nairobi and Kigali?
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