British High Commissioner to Rwanda
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Rwanda.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Rwanda. The High Commission and its liaison office in Burundi provide consular assistance to British nationals in Rwanda and Burundi.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
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Passports and emergency travel documents
This High Commission does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please seeUK Visas & Immigration
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
From 14 January 2015, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Rwanda will transfer from the British High Commission Kigali to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See register a birth or register a death and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by the foreign authorities. The UK does not require any document to be legalised for use within the UK.
Information on the kind of help we can provide to British nationals who find themselves in difficulty overseas is set in our publication.
A guide to Consular Fees for British nationals living in Rwanda can be found here: Consular Fees
We provide a list of English speaking lawyers in Rwanda please, follow this link to see the list List of Lawyers
A list of English-speaking medical facilities who may be able to help you in Rwanda. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
Details of how to apply for a Police Clearance certificate can be found here.
A list of English speaking interpreters/translators who may be able to help you with official translations in Rwanda. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
A list of English-speaking funeral directors who may be able to help you in Rwanda. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government
Information for British nationals arrested and imprisoned in Rwanda can be found here: Rwanda - Prisoner pack
Consular Assistance - 24 Hours
For consular assistance, for a British National please call +250 252 556000 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
• provide information about transferring funds.
• help people with mental illness.
• provide details of local lawyers and funeral directors.
• do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained.
• contact family or friends for you if you want.
• make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters.
What the High Commission cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
• get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
• help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
• give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
• get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
• pay any bills or give you money
• make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
• make business arrangements on your behalf
• issue a full British passport
Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Kigali