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Updated July 30, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 30, 2020) 

Location:  Rwanda 

Event:  1,963 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On July 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 1,963 total cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. 

On July 28, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre started offering voluntary COVID-19 tests on request, including for passengers on arriving and departing flights.  For more information on accessing COVID-19 tests, visit www.rbc.gov.rw/booking, or call +250-781-415-724, +250-789-198-119, or 114.  The tests cost $50 or 47,200 Rwf.  

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

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 21, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 3 Villages in Nyarugenge District

On July 20, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Tetero, Indamutsa, and Intiganda villages in Tetero cell, Muhima sector, Nyarugenge district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days.

The Ministry of Local Governments also announced that the lockdown of Kamabuye, Zuba, and Nyenyeri villages in Kicukiro district will continue.

On July 20, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 1,629 total cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 15, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 6 Cells in Nyamagabe and Nyamasheke Districts

On July 14, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Kigeme cell in Gasaka sector and Ruhunga cell in Kibirizi sector in Nyamagabe district, and Mubuga, Butare, Gitwas, and Jarama cells in Gihombo sector in Nyamasheke district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days.

On July 14, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 1,416 total cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 13, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event: Flight Departing Kigali for Addis Ababa on July 18

The Embassy has learned that Ethiopian Airlines will operate a flight from Kigali to Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on July 18.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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 (July 9, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event: Possible Flight Departing Kigali on July 18

The Embassy has learned of a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on July 18.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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 (July 3, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:   Tickets Available for Flight on Tuesday, July 7

Tickets are available for the flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  The flight will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

Ambassador Vrooman and the entire U.S. Embassy Kigali team wish you a happy Independence Day tomorrow as we share our Fourth of July holiday with Rwanda’s Liberation Day. Join our virtual ceremony — premiering on the embassy’s Facebook right now, Friday at 5:00pm — or watch it at your leisure over the weekend on Facebook or at https://youtu.be/CkZ5sqegvsk. Happy 244th birthday, America!

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (July 2, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Rwanda Biomedical Centre to Begin Street Testing Survey in Kigali

On July 2, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre will begin a COVID-19 street testing survey in Kigali and at the entry points to Kigali.  In this testing, people will be randomly selected for testing and escorted to a drive-through testing facility.

On July 1, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced a total of 1,042 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

On June 30, the Government of Rwanda announced that movements to and from Rubavu district may resume.  Rusizi and parts of Kigali remain locked down.

Tickets are available for the flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 30, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on July 7

The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to the United States on Tuesday, July 7.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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.

On June 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced a total of 1,001 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 26, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda   

Event:  Ministry of Local Governments Announced Lockdown of 6 Villages in Kigali

On June 25, the Ministry of Local Governments announced the lockdown of Kamabuye, Zuba, Nyenyeri, and Rugano villages in Kicukiro district, and Kadobogo and Gisenga villages in Nyarugenge district.  The lockdown will last for at least 15 days.       

The rest of Kigali continues to follow the COVID-19 prevention measures announced on June 16.

On June 25, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 850 total cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 23, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event: Tickets Still Available for Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on Thursday, June 25

There are still a limited number of tickets available for the flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with connections to Chicago O’Hare Airport.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 22, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on June 25

The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to the United States on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25th.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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 (June 17, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  636 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On June 16, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 636 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

On June 16, the government of Rwanda announced updated 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.
  • Domestic and international tourism is permitted only for visitors traveling on charter flights.  The Kigali Airport remains closed to normal commercial air traffic.
  • Individual sporting activities in open spaces are permitted, but sports facilities, gyms, and recreational centers remain closed.
  • Religious weddings and funerals are permitted but must not exceed 30 people.
  • All bars, schools, universities, and places of worship remain closed.
  • Transport between provinces in permitted, except to and from Rusizi and Rubavu districts.
  • Meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are prohibited.
  • Borders remain closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory seven day quarantine at designated locations at their own expense.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 5, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on June 13

The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 13th.  Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, D.C.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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 (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.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 28, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:  Tickets Still Available for Flight on May 30

There are a limited number of tickets available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru no later than 17:00 today at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 27, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on May 30

The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30. Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, D.C.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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 (May 21, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:  Limited Tickets Available for Flight on May 23

There are a very limited number of tickets available for the flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru no later than 16:00 today at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 19, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Possible Flight Departing Kigali with Connections to the U.S. on May 23 

The U.S. Embassy has learned of a possible flight departing Kigali with connections to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 23 at 15:25 with Ethiopian Airlines. Passengers may be able to book onward flights from Washington, D.C.  If you are interested in booking travel on this flight, please contact SatGuru at +250-788-528-347 or reservations.kigali@satgurutravel.com.

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.

On May 18, 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.  
  • Hotels and restaurants will operate but close by 7:00 PM.   
  • Individual sporting activities in open spaces are permitted, but sports facilities, gyms, and recreational centers remain closed.  
  • 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 not permitted.   
  • 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.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 14, 2020) 

Location:  Rwanda   

Event:  287 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On May 13, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 287 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 12, 2020) 

Location:  Rwanda 

Event:  Hospitality Establishments Must Register Customers

On May 11, the Rwanda Development Board announced that all hospitality establishments, including restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels, must register customers who visit the premises to facilitate the tracking of COVID-19 cases.  These establishments must collect the full names, telephone numbers, time of visit, and district of residence from all customers.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 11, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  284 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On May 10, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 284 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 4, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  259 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On May 3, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 259 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (May 1, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures Effective on May 4, 2020

On May 1, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.  These updated prevention measures will be effective starting on May 4, 2020. 

  • Movements are prohibited from 8:00 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 staffonly.  Other employees should continue to work from home. 

  • Hotels and restaurants will operate but close by 7:00 PM.  

  • Individual sporting activities in open spaces are permitted, but sports facilities, gyms, and recreational centers remain closed. 

  • Public and private transport will resume within the same province.  

  • Funeral gatherings should not exceed 30 persons. 

  • All bars remain closed.  

  • Schools, universities, and places of worship remain closed.  

  • Transport between different provinces and the city of Kigali is not permitted.  

  • Meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are prohibited. 

  • Borders are closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations.
      

Health Alert– U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 30, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  225 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On April 29, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 225 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. 

On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30.  Non-essential movements and travel between cities are prohibited, and non-essential businesses are closed. Face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds.   American citizens should expect to be stopped and questioned by the authorities when traveling outside of the home.  To request permission for essential movements from the Rwandan National Police, please visit this website. 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 (April 27, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  191 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On April 26, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 191 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

On April 25, the Rwandan National Police announced that you may now request permission for essential movements online.  For more information and to request permission for essential movements please visit this website.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 23, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  153 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On April 22, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 153 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.
On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds. 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 21, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  Government of Rwanda Requires Face Masks Be Worn in Public

On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds.  

The Center for Disease Control also now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, particularly where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  This updated recommendation is based on recent studies that have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.  The use of simple cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help infected but asymptomatic people from transmitting the virus to others.  ​For more information, please visit the CDC’s website.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 20, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  147 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda

On April 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 143 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.
On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds. 
On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30. Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All employees should work from home, except for those providing essential services.  Travel between different cities and districts is not permitted.  Shops and markets are closed, except for those selling food, medicine, hygiene and cleaning products, fuel, and other essential goods.  All bars are closed. All restaurants and cafes may only provide take away service.  Schools, universities, and places of worship are closed.  Borders are closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. 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 (April 18, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  COVID-19 Prevention Measures Extended Until April 30, 2020

On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30. Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All employees should work from home, except for those providing essential services.  Travel between different cities and districts is not permitted.  Shops and markets are closed, except for those selling food, medicine, hygiene and cleaning products, fuel, and other essential goods.  All bars are closed. All restaurants and cafes may only provide take away service.  Schools, universities, and places of worship are closed.  Borders are closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. 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.

On April 17, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 143 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 17, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  138 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda

On April 16, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 138 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

The government of Rwanda announced that it is enacting COVID-19 prevention measures through 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 16, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  Last Chance for Tickets on Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18

Tickets are still available for the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18.  The deadline for purchasing tickets is today at noon.  The U.S. Embassy encourages Americans citizens and legal permanent residents who interested in departing for the U.S. to book tickets on this flight.  Currently, the U.S. Embassy does not know of any additional commercial flights leaving Rwanda. Furthermore, the Embassy does not know when the Kigali International Airport will resume normal operations or when regular commercial flights will resume to Kigali.

To book tickets with Rwandair for Saturday, April 18, please contact Satguru at +250-788-310-146 or +250-788-528-347. Any onward travel will need to be scheduled separately.  Passengers transiting Addis Ababa should have a ticket for an onward flight on the same day or they risk being quarantined at their own expense. For more information transiting Addis Ababa, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia’s website.

On April 15, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 136 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 15, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  Tickets Still Available for Rwandair Flight on Saturday, April 18

There are still tickets available for the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18.  The U.S. Embassy encourages Americans citizens and legal permanent residents who interested in departing for the U.S. to book tickets on this flight.  The U.S. Embassy does not know when the Kigali International Airport will resume normal operations or when regular commercial flights will resume to Kigali.

To book tickets with Rwandair for Saturday, April 18, please contact Satguru at +250-788-310-146 or +250-788-528-347. Any onward travel will need to be scheduled separately.  Passengers transiting Addis Ababa should have a ticket for an onward flight on the same day or they risk being quarantined at their own expense. For more information transiting Addis Ababa, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia’s website.

On April 14, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 134 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 14, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  127 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda

On April 13, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 127 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.

There are still tickets available for the Ethiopian Airlines flight on Wednesday, April 15 and the Rwandair flight on Saturday, April 18.

To book tickets with Ethiopian Airlines for Wednesday, April 15 please contact Aisha Kbamwa at aishak@ethiopianairlines.com or at +256-705-775-578 or Kizito Gideon at kizitog@ethiopianairlines.com or +256-788-929-451.

To book tickets with Rwandair for Saturday, April 18, please contact Satguru at +250-788-310-146 or +250-788-528-347. Any onward travel will need to be scheduled separately.  Passengers transiting Addis Ababa should have a ticket for an onward flight on the same day or they risk being quarantined at their own expense. For more information transiting Addis Ababa, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia’s website.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 13, 2020)

Location:  Rwanda

Event:  126 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rwanda

On April 12, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 126 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. 

Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with possible onward connections to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 15.  To inquire about this flight, please contact Aisha Kbamwa at aishak@ethiopianairlines.com or at +256-705-775-578 or Kizito Gideon at kizitog@ethiopianairlines.com or +256-788-929-451.

Rwandair has announced a flight from Kigali to Addis Ababa on Saturday, April 18.  Any onward travel will need to be scheduled separately.  Passengers transiting Addis Ababa should have a ticket for an onward flight on the same day or they risk being quarantined at their own expense.  For more information transiting Addis Ababa, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia’s website.  If you would like to inquire about tickets on this flight, please contact Satguru at +250-788-310-146 or +250-788-528-347.

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 11, 2020)

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Event:  Two flights departing Kigali on April 15 and April 18

Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing Kigali for Addis Ababa with possible onward connections to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 15. To inquire about this flight, please contact Aisha Kbamwa at aishak@ethiopianairlines.com or at +256-705-775-578 or Kizito Gideon at kizitog@ethiopianairlines.com or +256-788-929-451.

Rwandair has announced a flight from Kigali to Addis Ababa on Saturday, April 18. Any onward travel will need to be scheduled separately. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa should have a ticket for an onward flight on the same day or they risk being quarantined at their own expense. For more information transiting Addis Ababa, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia’s website. If you would like to inquire about tickets on this flight, please contact Satguru at +250-788-310-146 or +250-788-528-347.

All prices for these flights are set by the airlines.

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 encourages you to consider booking 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 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 9, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Additional Tickets Available – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 pm

Ethiopian Airlines will operate a larger plane for their flight a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 pm from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  Additional tickets for this flight are still available.  Please discuss connections from Dulles to other locations in the U.S. with the airline.  You may also explore booking separate domestic travel to your final destination as this may be more affordable.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 8, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Flight Time Change – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on Friday, April 10 at 12:50

Ethiopian Airlines has announced a flight departing on Friday, April 10 at 12:50 from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD) with a connection to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  Please discuss connections from Dulles to other locations in the U.S. with the airline.  You may also explore booking separate domestic travel to your final destination as this may be more affordable.  

 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (April 6, 2020)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Reminder – Ethiopian Airlines Flight on 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).  Please discuss connections from Dulles to other locations in the U.S. with the airline.  You may also explore booking separate domestic travel to your final destination as this may be more affordable.

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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