Travel Advisory: Rwanda – Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
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 Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Rwanda:
- 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—Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
The Nyungwe Forest National Park abuts the border with Burundi. Borders may not be clearly marked. You must obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entering the park. 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—Level 2: 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. You must obtain permits from the Rwanda Development Board prior to entering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, which is adjacent to Virunga Park.
- S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda
- 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
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to the Risk Indicators.