Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali

Location:  Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, Rwanda

Event:  According to the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, unidentified assailants attacked three passenger vehicles in southern Rwanda on Saturday, December 15, 2018, killing two individuals and injuring eight. The Rwandan military reports that the area, which is near Nyungwe Forest, is now secure.

As a long-standing practice, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from driving outside of cities after dark, as well as from using motorcycle-taxis or mini-bus taxis.

Actions to Take:

  •         Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  •         Be aware of your surroundings.
  •         Review your personal security plans.
  •         Monitor local media for updates.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and Country Specific Information for RwandaMonitor local media for updates.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda, located at 2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie, Kacyiru, Kigali, at +250 252-596-400, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fridays, except U.S. federal holidays and Rwandan holidays.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +250 252-596-400.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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