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 to 5:00 AM, except with permission.
  • Masks must be worn in public at all times.
  • All resumed services must follow health guidelines from the Ministry of Health.
  • Public and private businesses may resume work with essential staff only.  Other employees should continue to work from home.
  • Non-contact outdoor sport is permitted.
  • Funeral gatherings should not exceed 30 persons.
  • All bars, schools, universities, and places of worship remain closed.
  • Transport between different provinces and the city of Kigali is permitted, except for movement to and from Rusizi and Rubavu districts.   
  • Public transport in Rusizi and Rubavu districts remains closed.
  • Motos may carry passengers, except in Rusizi and Rubavu districts.
  • Meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are prohibited.
  • Borders remain closed. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations at their own expense.

Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case or is being evaluated for COVID-19, call 114, email callcenter@rbc.gov.rw, or WhatsApp +250-788-20-20-80, or contact your nearest health care facility.

The Embassy is closed for routine consular services.  If you require emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and passport renewals, please email ConsularKigali@state.gov or call (250) 252 596 400.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  We will be sure to highlight any new information from previous emails.

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 COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 website for information on conditions in Rwanda.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on 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.

Assistance: 

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