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 international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Rwanda due to COVID-19.

Rwanda has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Rwanda.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Rwanda.

Exercise Increased Caution in:

·         The Rwanda-Burundi border due to armed conflict.

·         The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Rwanda:

·         See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.

·         Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an                emergency.

·         Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

·         Review the Crime and Safety Report for Rwanda.

·         Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Rwanda-Burundi Border—Exercise Increased Caution

The Nyungwe Forest National Park abuts the border with Burundi. Borders may not be clearly marked. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry. Relations between Burundi and Rwanda are tense and there have been cross-border incursions and armed clashes.

Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Border—Exercise Increased Caution

Armed rebel and militia groups operate in DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces and Virunga Park. Borders may not be clearly marked and there have been cross-border incursions and armed clashes. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, which is adjacent to Virunga Park.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

Assistance: 

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