Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (January 19, 2021)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Event:   Immediate Lockdown of Kigali and Other Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures

On January 18, 2021, the Government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures, effective immediately and reviewed after 15 days:

Specific measures in the City of Kigali:

  • Unnecessary movements are prohibited. Movements for essential services are permitted and include:
    – Medical/healthcare;
    – Food shopping;
    – Banking;
    – Movements required for personnel performing such services. All other employees shall work from home.
    – All movements will require an approved permit from the Rwanda National Police.
  • Travel between Kigali and other provinces and districts is not permitted, except for essential services and tourism (tourists must possess a negative COVID-19 test result).
  • Public transport is prohibited. Motorcycle taxis and bicycles are not permitted to carry passengers, but may offer delivery services.
  • Businesses are closed, except distribution and delivery services as well as those selling good, medicine (pharmacies), hygiene and cleaning products, fuel, and other essential items but will operate at 30 percent capacity. Business permitted to operate must close by 6:00 PM.
  • Restaurants and cafés will only provide take-away services.
  • All schools (public and private), including universities, are closed. Remote learning is encouraged.
  • Places of worship are closed.
  • Kigali International Airport will remain open. Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 120 hours prior to their first departure. Departing passengers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test before departure.
  • Designated hotels for arriving passengers will remain open under strict COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Tourism activity will continue in strict adherence with COVID-19 health guidelines.

Prevention Measures in remaining parts of the country:

  • Movements are prohibited from 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
  • Places of worship are closed.
  • Schools will remain open while respecting COVID-19 control measures.
  • All bars will remain closed.
  • All social gatherings and events including religious weddings, ceremonies, receptions, meetings and conferences are prohibited.
  • Public gyms and swimming pools shall be restricted from the public with the exception of tested guests staying at hotels.
  • Attendance at a wake/vigil should not exceed 10 people at any one time.
  • Funeral gatherings should not exceed 15 persons.
  • Gaming activities remain prohibited.

The health situation in Rwanda remains fluid and the U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens prepare for possible future restrictions.

The Embassy is closed for routine consular services.  If you require emergency American Citizens Services, please email or call (250) 252 596 400.

Please consult the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 website for additional information on conditions in Rwanda.

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Rwanda.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Traveler Health Notice for Rwanda.

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 State Department’s COVID-19 Travel Information page.
·         Check with your airlines,  cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for information about 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.


U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda
2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)

State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs

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