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 if exposed to COVID-19.

On March 15, the Peace Corps announced it would temporarily suspend Volunteer operations and begin evacuating Volunteers from all posts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government of Rwanda has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The Government of Rwanda has announced the suspension of all arriving and departing flights starting on Friday, March 20 at midnight (23:59) for an initial period of 30 days. The U.S. Embassy Kigali will provide more information as it becomes available.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

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 country to avoid large gatherings.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

All routine consular appointments at the U.S. Embassy from March 16 to March 20 are canceled.  For emergency consular assistance, please contact the U.S. Embassy using the contact information below before physically coming to the Embassy.

U.S. government personnel are advised to limit non-essential travel and are encouraged to follow CDC and Government of Rwanda guidance on COVID-19.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

Actions to Take:


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