Health  Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

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

Location:  Rwanda

Event:   Government of Rwanda Announces New Restrictions

Effective at 11:59 pm on March 21, the government of Rwanda has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All Employees should work from home, except for those providing essential services.  Borders are closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. 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.   Visit the local government COVID-19 website: for updated information.  See the Government of Rwanda’s announcement on these restrictions here:  You may also visit the Embassy’s website for more information:

Effective March 16, the U.S. Embassy Kigali has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information:

Many travelers in Rwanda have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.  If you are unable to arrange alternative travel, please email your name and contact information to

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 2 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.

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 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 our Embassy webpage on COVID-19  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.