Event: On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, more than 500 confirmed cases have been reported in multiple health zones in eastern DRC.
The Rwandan Ministry of Health has established procedures regarding the entry into Rwanda of travelers coming from Ebola-affected areas, including health care workers and humanitarian volunteers engaged in Ebola-related activities in the DRC outbreak area. These individuals may be subject to a complete health check at the port of entry and to a 21-day quarantine period in Rwanda for temperature monitoring. Sponsoring organizations may have specific reporting requirements to the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration prior to these individuals’ arrival.
Actions to Take:
- Direct questions about this policy to the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.
- Visit the CDC Travel Notice on Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has information on this outbreak.
- Visit the CDC Travelers’ Health Page for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which includes information on Ebola.
- Review the Rwanda country page for general health information.
- Continue to take malaria prophylaxis as recommended, as the symptoms of malaria can mimic symptoms of Ebola, leading to preventable health scares.
- U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda
- State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- Rwanda Country Information
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