Health

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Check the latest country-specific information and advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website or from NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.

Only limited medical facilities are available in Rwanda. In the event of serious accident or illness evacuation by air ambulance to Kenya or South Africa may be required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

According to Rwandan law, any person on Rwandan territory must have health insurance. See Summary

There is a high risk of malaria in all areas of Rwanda, including Kigali.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Visitors to the region should be aware that on 1 August an outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in Béni territory in North Kivu province in DRC. The latest updates can be found on the WHO website. The Rwandan government has put in place screening procedures for Ebola at all entry points including land borders and at airports.