Local laws and customs

Photography of government buildings is prohibited.

Plastic bags have been banned for environmental reasons. Visible plastic bags will be confiscated on arrival at the airport.

The week following Genocide Memorial Day on 7 April is designated an official week of mourning.

The last Saturday of each month is umuganda, which is a national day of community service, during which most normal services close down from 7am to 11am. The first and third Sunday of the month, the city of Kigali has a car free day from 7am to 12pm to promote exercise healthy living and to reduce car emissions. Other districts in the country have followed suit in the two consecutive Sundays.