Alert: Additional Areas of Rwanda Locked Down from July 28 – August 10, 2021

On July 26, 2021, the Government of Rwanda announced localized lockdowns for additional areas of Rwanda from July 28 – August 10, 2021. The localized COVID-19 prevention measures apply to the following areas:

  1. Southern Province:
  2. Ruhango District: Sectors of Kinazi, Mbuye, Ntongwe, Ruhango, Byimana and Kinihira
  3. Muhanga District: Sectors of Shyogwe, Kiyumba, Cyeza, Nyamabuye, Rugendabari, Muhanga and Mushishiro
  4. Nyamagabe District: Sectors of Kamegeri, Kibumbwe, Gasaka and Mugano
  5. Huye District: Sectors of Tumba, Kinazi and Gishamvu
  6. Nyanza District: Sectors of Busoro, Mukingo, Kibilizi and Kigoma
  7. Nyaruguru District: Sector of Ngera
  8. Northern Province:
  9. Rulindo District: Sectors of Cyungo, Burega and Shyorongi
  10. Eastern Province:
  11. Kayonza District: Sectors of Mukarange, Mwiri, Gahini, Murundi, Rukara and Nyamirama
  12. Bugesera District: Sectors of Rilima, Juru, Nyamata Ruhuha and Shyara
  13. Gatsibo District: Sectors of Muhura, Kageyo, Remera, Kabarore and Murambi
  14. Western Province:
  15. Nyamasheke District: Sectors of Nyabitekeri, Shangi and Bushenge
  16. Rusizi District: Sectors of Nyakabuye and Gitambi
  17. Karongi District: Sector of Murambi

The COVID-19 prevention measures in these areas are the same as in the City of Kigali and the eight other districts currently locked down. As of July 27, the lockdown of Kigali and the eight other districts has not been extended beyond July 31. The prevention measures are as follows:

  • Movements and visits outside the home are not permitted except for essential services such as healthcare, food shopping, or banking (or personnel performing such services).
  • Outdoor sports and recreational activities are prohibited.
  • Public transport is prohibited. Motorcycle taxis and bicycles are not permitted to carry passengers but may offer delivery services.
  • Offices (public and private) are closed, except for those providing essential services.
  • Businesses are closed, except for those selling food, medicine, and other approved essential items but will operate at 30 percent capacity. Businesses permitted to operate must close at 5:00 PM.
  • Arriving and departing passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Tourism activities will continue in strict adherence to COVID-19 health guidelines. This includes hotels, tour operators, and transport services assisting guests.
  • All swimming pools and spas will remain closed except for those at hotels hosting tested guests.

The Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for Rwanda.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures.  The Rwandan authorities will apply penalties for non-compliance.

Consular services during this period will be limited and all routine appointments are canceled.  If you believe that you qualify for an emergency service, please e-mail with an explanation of your circumstances.

The health situation in Rwanda remains fluid and the U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens prepare for possible future restrictions.

Please consult the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 website for additional information on conditions in Rwanda.

Actions to Take

  • Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website.
  • Visit the State Department’s COVID-19 Traveler information page.
  • Call 114 or contact your nearest health facility if you have had close contact with a confirmed case or someone being evaluated for COVID-19.

For Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda


  • State Department – Consular Affairs +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444
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