COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Updated April 5, 2020

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 major U.S. airports may be available.  You may also explore booking separate domestic travel to your final destination as this may be more affordable.  

Ticket sales for this flight will open on Monday, April 6 at noon.  To make a reservation from Kigali, please call +250-788-751-585 or +250-788-220-220, or email Kdlcs@ethiopianairlines.com  or kglsm@ethiopianairlines.com.  Payments may be made in person at Ethiopian Airlines office in Kiyovu (UTC Building, office no.25) or through bank transfer or by credit card.  From outside of Kigali, please contact the manager, Mr. Roshan, at kglsm@ethiopianairlines.com or by phone at (250)788-220-220 for possible special arrangements. It is not possible to book this flight through the Ethiopian Airlines website. 

Please note that the Ethiopian Airlines office in Kigali will be closed on Tuesday, April 7.  On that day, all reservations must be made using the above provided phone numbers.

The price estimate for the Kigali-Dulles (IAD) flight is approximately $3100 per person, as set by the airline.

If you wish to return to the United States or think you may want to return to the U.S. in the near future, the Embassy strongly urges you to book tickets now.  There is no guarantee that additional flights will be available, that the U.S. government will be able to arrange evacuations or charter flights, or that the Kigali International Airport will resume normal operations after the 30 day closure.  Additionally, evacuation or charter flights are not free-of-charge and are frequently more expensive than currently available commercial travel.

Under limited circumstances, the Department of State may offer loans to destitute American citizens to facilitate repatriation. If you feel you might qualify for such a loan, please email ConsularKigali@state.gov. Please note that this loan will require repayment.

 

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 the United States or think you may want to return to the U.S. in the near future, the Embassy strongly urges you to book tickets on the next available commercial flight.  The Embassy expects that flights out of Kigali will continue to be limited and cannot guarantee that additional flights, either commercial or charter, will be available or that the Kigali International Airport will open after the conclusion of the 30 day closure.  If you wish to receive information about travel back to the U.S., please email ConsularKigali@state.gov with the subject line “American Citizen Information.”

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 to return to the U.S. in the near future, the Embassy strongly urges you to book tickets on the next available commercial flight quickly after it is announced as there will only be a limited number of tickets available.  The Embassy expects that flights out of Kigali continue to be limited and cannot guarantee that additional flights, either commercial or charter, will be available or that the Kigali International Airport will open after the conclusion of the 30 day closure.  If you wish to receive information about travel back to the U.S., please email ConsularKigali@state.gov with the subject line “American Citizen Information.”

 

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, April 19. Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses are closed. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations.  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.

 

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 to return to the United States or think you may want to return to the U.S. in the near future, the Embassy strongly urges you to book tickets on the next available commercial flight, as there is no guarantee that additional flights will be available or that the U.S. government will be able to arrange evacuations or charter flights.  Additionally, evacuation or charter flights are not free-of-charge and are frequently more expensive than currently available commercial travel.  If you wish to receive information about travel back to the U.S., please email ConsularKigali@state.gov with the subject line “American Citizen Information.”

 

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 the United States you need to travel. If you are interested in departing for the United States, please send an email to ConsularKigali@state.gov with the subject line “American Citizen Information.”  Please include the following information about all members of you party: full name, citizenship, passport number, telephone number, and desired location in the United States. 

We will contact you via STEP with information about any upcoming flights and will post this information on our website and Facebook page.

 

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.

 

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 and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses are closed. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

 

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. Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses are closed. Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

 

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 27, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event: Reminder – Email Embassy for Travel Information Alerts 

At this moment, we know of no upcoming commercial flights.  As we continue to discuss an additional flight with commercial airlines, we need to know how many Americans want to return to the United States as soon as possible. If you are interested in departing for the United States and have not contacted us already, please send an email to ConsularKigali@state.gov with the subject line “American Citizen Information.” 

We will contact you via STEP with information about any upcoming flights and will post this information on our website and Facebook page

 

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (March 26, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event: Americans Seeking to Return to the United States 

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