Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (February 3, 2021) 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (February 3, 2021)
Location:  Kigali, Rwanda
Event:   Extension of Kigali Lockdown and Other Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures

On February 2, 2021, the Government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures, extending existing measures countrywide including the current lockdown of Kigali from February 3 through February 7, 2021.

From February 8 through February 22, 2021, the following measures will be in effect in the city of Kigali:

·      Movements will be prohibited between 7:00 PM and 4:00 AM.

·      Public offices will be closed.

·      Private businesses will resume with essential staff at not more than 30 percent capacity. Business resuming operations must close by 5:00 PM.

·      All schools (public and private), including universities, will remain closed.

·      Movement between Kigali and other provinces and districts will not be permitted, except for essential services or tourism.

·      Tourism activity will continue in strict adherence with COVID-19 guidelines. Tourists must possess negative COVID-19 test results. Travelers, including drivers, traveling to tourism entities within Kigali and other provinces and districts are required to complete and submit movement requests through the Tourism Movement Facilitation Form found here. Travelers are also required to send copies of negative COVID-19 test results to at least 24 hours prior to the trip. More information is found here.

·      Public transport will resume within Kigali and should not exceed 50 percent capacity. Motorcycle taxis will be permitted to carry passengers.

·      Physical meetings, events, and gatherings will not be permitted.

·      Gyms and recreational centers will remain closed. All swimming pools will be closed except for those at hotels hosting tested guests. Only individual sports will be permitted from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

·      Restaurants and cafés will only provide take-away service. All bars will remain closed.

·      Places of worship will remain closed.

From February 8 through February 22, 2021, the following measures will be in effect in all other areas of Rwanda (outside of Kigali):

·      Movements will be prohibited between 7:00 PM and 4:00 AM.

·      Movement between districts will be prohibited.

·      Schools will continue operating with appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures.

·      Places of worship will remain closed.

·      All social gatherings will be prohibited.

·      Public transportation, including motorcycle taxis, will continue operating.

·      All bars will remain closed.

·      Public gyms and swimming pools will be restricted from the public with the exception of tested guests staying at hotels.

Updated Procedures for Arrival to Rwanda from February 8, 2021:

·      Kigali International Airport will remain open.

·      Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of first departure to Rwanda.

·      All arriving passengers must self-quarantine for 7 days and take a PCR COVID-19 test at the end of this period.

The Department of State updated its Level 3 Travel Advisory for Rwanda on February 1, 2021. The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Rwanda.

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Traveler Health Notice for Rwanda.

Actions to Take:
·        Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19,  please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
·       Visit the State Department’s COVID-19 Travel Information page.
·         Check with your airlines,  cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for information about the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
·         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.


U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)


State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs


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