COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 11/12/2020 Country-Specific Information: Rwanda recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 14, 2020. At this time, Rwanda has resumed most business operations, including restaurants, hotels, shops and tourism operations. Bars remain closed. Schools are in the process of a phased reopening. National parks are open to visitors with a …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (August 27, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Government of Rwanda Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures On August 26, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced a total of 3,625 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On August 26, the Government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures. Movements are prohibited from 7:00 PM to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (August 20, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Rwanda Biomedical Centre to Begin Street Testing Survey in Kigali On August 20, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre will begin a COVID-19 street testing survey in all districts of Kigali.  In this survey, people will be randomly selected for testing and escorted to a drive-through testing facility. …

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Ambassador Vrooman Announces New Medical Supplies Assistance in Kinyarwanda

Ambassador Vrooman Makes a Kinyarwanda Announcement: United States Donates Medical Supplies Worth 131 Million RWF to Fight COVID-19 Watch the full video at: https://youtu.be/q3y0MHTFTFU “Today the United States is donating 131 million RWF worth of protective medical supplies to healthcare facilities across Rwanda. These supplies are critical for Rwanda’s frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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United States Donates Medical Supplies Worth 131 Million RWF to Fight COVID-19

Kigali—On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the United States donated 131 million Rwandan Francs worth of medical supplies to Rwanda to protect doctors, nurses, other medical workers, and their patients from COVID-19. Ambassador Vrooman led the U.S. donation of medical supplies including surgical masks, sterile and disposable gloves, protective boots, and top-of-the-line “N95” airborne-particle filtering respirators. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (August 7, 2020) Location:  Rwanda The Department of State updated its Travel Advisory around the world on August 6, 2020.   The new country-specific travel advisory for Rwanda is Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Rwanda –  Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Rwanda due to COVID-19.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any …

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United States Donates Ventilators to Rwanda to Respond to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2020 United States Donates Ventilators to Rwanda to Respond to COVID-19 Kigali – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 100 new state-of-the-art ventilators to Rwanda to fight against COVID-19.  The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of critically needed medical equipment …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 30, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  1,963 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On July 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 1,963 total cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On July 28, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre started offering voluntary COVID-19 tests on request, including for passengers on arriving and departing flights.  For more information on accessing COVID-19 tests, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 21, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 3 Villages in Nyarugenge District On July 20, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Tetero, Indamutsa, and Intiganda villages in Tetero cell, Muhima sector, Nyarugenge district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days. The Ministry of Local Governments also announced …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 15, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 6 Cells in Nyamagabe and Nyamasheke Districts On July 14, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Kigeme cell in Gasaka sector and Ruhunga cell in Kibirizi sector in Nyamagabe district, and Mubuga, Butare, Gitwas, and Jarama cells in Gihombo sector in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 13, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event: Flight Departing Kigali for Addis Ababa on July 18 The Embassy has learned that Ethiopian Airlines will operate a flight from Kigali to Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on July 18.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 9, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event: Possible Flight Departing Kigali on July 18 The Embassy has learned of a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on July 18.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or  reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com . Under …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 3, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:   Tickets Available for Flight on Tuesday, July 7 Tickets are available for the flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  The flight will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines.  If you are interested in booking travel on this …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 2, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Rwanda Biomedical Centre to Begin Street Testing Survey in Kigali On July 2, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre will begin a COVID-19 street testing survey in Kigali and at the entry points to Kigali.  In this testing, people will be randomly selected for testing and escorted …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 30, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on July 7 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 26, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 6 Villages in Kigali On June 25, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Kamabuye, Zuba, Nyenyeri, and Rugano villages in Kicukiro district, and Kadobogo and Gisenga villages in Nyarugenge district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days. The …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 22, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on June 25 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to the United States on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25th.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 5, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on June 13 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 13th.  Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, D.C.  …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 3, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  384 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On June 2, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 384 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.  The Rwandan Ministry of Health also confirmed two COVID-19 deaths in Rwanda. On June 2, the government of Rwanda updated the COVID-19 prevention measures. Movements are prohibited from 9:00 PM …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 28, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Tickets Still Available for Flight on May 30 There are a limited number of tickets available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru no …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 27, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on May 30 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30. Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 21, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  Limited Tickets Available for Flight on May 23 There are a very limited number of tickets available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines.  If you are interested in booking …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 20, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda  Event:   Tickets Still Available for Flight on May 23 Tickets are still available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines. Tickets will be sold on a first come, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 19, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda  Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on May 23 The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines. Passengers may be able …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 14, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  287 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On May 13, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 287 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures. Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM, except with permission. Masks must be worn in public at …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 12, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Hospitality Establishments Must Register Customers On May 11, the Rwanda Development Board announced that all hospitality establishments, including restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels, must register customers who visit the premises to facilitate the tracking of COVID-19 cases.  These establishments must collect the full names, telephone numbers, time of visit, and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 11, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  284 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On May 10, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 284 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures were effective starting on May 4, 2020. Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 5:00 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 4, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  259 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On May 3, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 259 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures will be effective starting today, May 4, 2020. Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 1, 2020) Location:  Rwanda    Event:  Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures Effective on May 4, 2020 On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures will be effective starting on May 4, 2020.   Movements are prohibited from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM, except with permission.  Masks must be worn in public at …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 30, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  225 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 225 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.    On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30.  Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses are closed. Face masks must be worn …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 27, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  191 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 26, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 191 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On April 25, the Rwandan National Police announced that you may now request permission for essential movements online.  For more information and to request permission for essential movements please visit this  website

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New COVID-19 Funding Continues Strong U.S. Government Support

U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION April 24, 2020 Kigali, Rwanda New Funding Continues Strong U.S. Government Support of Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response  The U.S. Embassy in Kigali announced today more than four million U.S. dollars in additional emergency funding for Rwanda’s COVID-19 response. These donations continue the U.S. government’s strong support of Rwanda’s public health sector and will expand …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 21, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Government of Rwanda Requires Face Masks Be Worn in Public On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds.   The Center for Disease Control also now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, particularly where social distancing measures are …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 20, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  147 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda On April 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 143 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds.  On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 18, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  COVID-19 Prevention Measures Extended Until April 30, 2020 On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30. Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All employees should work from home, except for those providing essential …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 17, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  138 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 16, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 138 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The government of Rwanda announced that it is enacting COVID-19 prevention measures through April 19. Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 16, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Last Chance for Tickets on Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18 Tickets are still available for the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18.  The deadline for purchasing tickets is today at noon.  The U.S. Embassy encourages Americans citizens and legal permanent residents who interested in departing for the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 15, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  Tickets Still Available for Rwandair Flight on Saturday, April 18 There are still tickets available for the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18.  The U.S. Embassy encourages Americans citizens and legal permanent residents who interested in departing for the U.S. to book tickets on this flight.  The …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 14, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  127 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 13, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 127 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. There are still tickets available for the Ethiopian Airlines flight on Wednesday, April 15 and the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18. To book tickets with …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 13, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  126 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 12, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 126 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with possible onward connections to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 15.  To inquire about …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 11, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Two flights departing Kigali on April 15 and April 18 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with possible onward connections to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 15.  To inquire about this flight, please contact Aisha Kbamwa at  aishak@ethiopianairlines.com  or at +256-705-775-578 or Kizito …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 9, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Additional Tickets Available – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 pm Ethiopian Airlines will operate a larger plane for their flight a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 pm from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 6, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Reminder – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 15:50 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 15:50 from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  Please discuss connections from Dulles to …

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U.S. Announces US$1 Million in New COVID-19 Aid to Rwanda

April 5, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce an additional US$1 million in assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost one billion Rwandan francs on top of the U.S. government’s existing support to Rwanda. U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman and USAID Rwanda Mission Director Leslie Marbury highlight the strong …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 5, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:   Ethiopian Airlines Flight — Friday, April 10 at 15:50 Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 15:50 from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  From Dulles International Airport, additional connections to other …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 4, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  89 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 3, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 84 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The Embassy continues to communicate with the airlines and expects to announce an additional flight departing from Rwanda soon.  If you wish to return to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 3, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  84 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 2, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 84 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The Embassy expects to announce an additional flight departing from Rwanda soon.  If you wish to return to the United States or think you may want …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 2, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  82 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On April 1, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 82 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On April 1, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until 23:59 on Sunday, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 1, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  75 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 31, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 75 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The Embassy continues to be in contact with commercial airlines and expects to announce an additional flight departing from Rwanda this week.  If you wish …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 31, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event: Reminder – Email Embassy for Travel Information Alerts  The Embassy is continuing to discuss an additional flight with commercial airlines. To assist in these discussions, we need to know how many Americans want to return to the United States as soon as possible and where in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 30, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  70 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 70 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On March 21, the government of Rwanda implemented measures for an initial period of two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential movements …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 29, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  60 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 28, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 60 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On March 21, the government of Rwanda implemented measures for an initial period of two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential movements …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 28, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  54 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda On March 27, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 54 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. On March 21, the government of Rwanda implemented measures for an initial period of two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 18, 2020) Location:  Kigali, Rwanda Event:  The Rwandan Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 14, 2020) Location:  Rwanda Event:  On March 14, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kigali. The City of Kigali has suspended all non-essential public gatherings, to include concerts and sporting events, and the Ministry of Health has urged all residents throughout the …

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Visits Rwanda

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II visited Rwanda September 14-15, 2019, as part of a regional visit. HHS released the following press releases about his visit to the region: Secretary Azar to Lead U.S. Delegation to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Regarding Ebola Outbreak https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/09/09/secretary-azar-to-lead-u-s-delegation-to-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-rwanda-and-uganda-regarding-ebola-outbreak.html Secretary …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu province. Since then, more than 1,900 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in multiple health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The CDC has …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Rwanda Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, a significant number of both confirmed and probable cases have been reported in multiple health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The CDC …

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PEPFAR Rwanda 15th Anniversary videos

In 2019, we celebrate the 15th anniversary in Rwanda of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. The generosity of the American people and our collective public health engagement has saved more than 16 million lives worldwide and brought us closer than ever to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The U.S. Embassy …

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Ambassador Vrooman Launches USAID “Ingobyi” Activity Supporting Maternal and Child Health

I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the USAID -funded Maternal and Child Survival Program, and the launch of our new Ingobyi activity. We’ve already heard from both of these important projects about their achievements and goals toward making sure that babies and mothers across Rwanda are treated with the …

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U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda visited a U.S. Government-funded Project to combat Malnutrition

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles visited Ruvugizo Village in Kinazi sector in Huye on December 5 to promote U.S. government-funded activities to combat malnutrition.  During her visit, the Ambassador observed Growth Monitoring Promotion activities conducted at the village level along with Positive Deviance Hearth activities, which focus on identifying good behaviors practiced by …

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World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships

Op-Ed By Erica Barks-Ruggles, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda. In celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to control the HIV epidemic in Rwanda by 2020. This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus …

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Opening Remarks for Ambassador Barks-Ruggles; World AIDS Day Journalist Briefing

Mwaramutse.  Good morning.  I’d like to start by thanking all of you for joining us here today as we gear up to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1st.  I am always happy to talk about the great partnership the U.S. Embassy has with Rwanda to end the HIV epidemic; particularly our work with the …

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World Malaria Day Op-Ed: Ending Malaria is a Sound Investment

              Today is World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fighting this deadly disease, and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to eliminating it once and for all. Since 2000, the global fight against malaria has taken a truly historic turn. The World …

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Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion Attains International Standards 

On February 10th, 2017 at a ceremony co-officiated by U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles; Hon. Minister for Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba; and Africa Society of Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) President of the Board of Governors, Dr. Gabriel Muyinda; Rwanda’s National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) has awarded the highest – Level 3 – international standards …

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Handover ceremony of the AMEP Medical Modeling and Simulation Project

Ambassador Barks-Ruggles, Erica’ speech on the Handover ceremony of the Africa Military Education Program (AMEP) Medical Modeling and Simulation Project. Tuesday, February 7th, 2016 Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe ———————————————- Good morning!  All protocols observed.  Thank you for making this Medical Modeling and Simulation (MMS) center a huge success.  This project represents our strong partnership in supporting peacekeeping.  …

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On World AIDS Day:  Leadership, Commitment, Impact

Today, December 1, in celebration of World AIDS Day, I can say with confidence and pride that by working together we have the ability to end AIDS in Rwanda.  This last mile, however, is going to take even greater leadership, unwavering commitment, and our collective focus to ensure every dollar invested in the fight against …

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Impact Story: PEPFAR PMTCT Case Study

Jacqueline is an HIV-positive Rwandan woman who is married with three children – all HIV free. However, this is not Jacqueline’s first family.  When she was still in secondary school, she married and gave birth to two children.  After a few years, both children died, followed by their father.  Jacqueline was devastated to have lost her …

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Required for Entry into Rwanda

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali wishes to remind travelers to Rwanda that proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Due to a recent yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Rwandan immigration officials now require un-vaccinated air travelers  over the age of one year to obtain a vaccine upon entry at the airport (cost $40 …

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