Travel Advice

May 24, 2020

Movement outside your home and travel between cities and provinces is restricted, except for medical reasons or essential work or services.

All land borders are closed, except to returning Rwandan citizens and legal residents.

Given the rapidly changing situation in Rwanda a limited number of UK staff and their dependants have been withdrawn from the High Commission. The High Commission is continuing to carry out essential work including providing 24/7 consular assistance and support.

Rwanda is generally safe and crime levels are relatively low, but street crime does occur. There have been reports of an increase in burglary, theft and mugging in Kigali in recent months. You should take precautions with valuables and remain vigilant.

The security situation near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi remains unstable, and there have been armed attacks in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Parks. If you’re travelling near the DRC or Burundi borders, you should be aware of the risk of attacks and Government of Rwanda security operations. Exercise caution and keep up to date with developments on the current situation.

In July 2019 the World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) following an outbreak of the Ebola virus in eastern DRC. The Rwandan government has put in place screening procedures for Ebola at all entry points, including land borders and at airports. Specific requirements remain in place for anyone wishing to enter Rwanda from Ebola-affected areas of DRC.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Rwanda, attacks can’t be ruled out.

 

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