COVID-19 entry restrictions for Rwanda

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Rwanda’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

The Government of Rwanda is taking measures to respond to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, and COVID-19 more widely. If you’re travelling to Rwanda during coronavirus, see the Coronavirus section for more information.

From 20th to 25th June, Kigali is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. This involves very large numbers of VIPs and other delegates. Roads and hotels in the city will be extremely busy, and access to some roads will be restricted. The Rwanda National Police are publishing daily details of road closures.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Rwanda is generally safe and crime levels are relatively low, but street crime does occur. There have been reports of burglary, theft and mugging in Kigali in recent months. You should take precautions with valuables and remain vigilant. See Crime

The security situation near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi remains unstable, and there have been armed attacks in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Parks and neighbouring areas. If you’re travelling near the DRC or Burundi borders, you should be aware of the risk of attacks and Government of Rwanda security operations. Exercise caution and keep up to date with developments on the current situation, including via your tour operator, the local media and this travel advice. See Local travel

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Terrorist attacks in Rwanda can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Visitors should be aware of recent confirmed cases of Ebola in Beni, North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the same province as a previous outbreak. No cases have been reported in Rwanda. See Health