Security Alert — US Embassy Kigali

Event:  The Rwanda National Police informed the public of an October 19 grenade attack near the southwestern city of Kamembe along Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Four people suffered injuries following the attack.

While there has been no claim of responsibility, armed groups operate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) close to the Rwandan border. There is a risk of cross-border incursions and security incidents such as this one.

Actions to Take:

  •   Use caution when walking or driving at night.  Please note, for safety reasons, U.S. Embassy  personnel are prohibited from driving outside of cities after dark, as well as from using motorcycle-taxis or mini-bus taxis.
  •   Be aware of your surroundings.
  •   Review your personal security plans.
  •    Monitor local media for updates.


U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda
+250 252-596-400

State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

Rwanda Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security updates