Reconsider travel to Rwanda due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Rwanda due to COVID-19.
Rwanda has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and opening of air borders–land borders remain closed), and business operations (including daycares and schools). Quarantines for inbound travelers and testing for inbound and outbound travelers remain in effect. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Rwanda.
Exercise Increased Caution in:
- The Rwanda-Burundi border due to armed conflict.
- The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Rwanda:
- See the Embassy’s COVID-19 page.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Rwanda.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Rwanda-Burundi Border—Exercise Increased Caution
The Nyungwe Forest National Park abuts the border with Burundi. Borders may not be clearly marked. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry. Relations between Burundi and Rwanda are tense and there have been cross-border incursions and armed clashes.
Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Border—Exercise Increased Caution
Armed rebel and militia groups operate in DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces and Virunga Park. Borders may not be clearly marked and there have been cross-border incursions and armed clashes. It is required to obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entry to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, which is adjacent to Virunga Park.
Actions to Take
- Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website.
- 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 Traveler information page.
- 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.