Foreign travel advice

Rwanda

Summary

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

Presidential elections are due to take place on 4 August 2017, with the campaign period beginning on 14 July. You should take care in public places where people gather, and exercise a heightened level of vigilance. Monitor local and international media and keep up to date with this travel advice by subscribing to email alerts.

The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains unstable, and the situation in Burundi has also become volatile with increased tensions and violence related to the ongoing political crisis, including deteriorating relations with Rwanda. There’s a continuing risk that the security situation in the region could deteriorate rapidly. You should remain alert to the possibility of military incursions, stray bullets and/or artillery fire entering Rwanda if you’re near the DRC border.

If you’re travelling near the DRC/Rwanda and Burundi/Rwanda borders, make sure you check this travel advice and the travel advice for DRC and Burundi regularly.

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

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Rwanda, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.