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.

Our services


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

Travel advice

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.

You no longer need to register with us. You can access to up-to-date country specific travel advice.
We would encourage you subscribe to email travel advice alerts on the website. You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

Passports and emergency travel documents

How to renew or replace your British passport and information on getting an emergency travel document (ETD) if your UK passport is lost or stolen.

Birth, deaths and marriages

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.

Legalisation Service

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.

Our consular guide

Information on the kind of help we can provide to British nationals who find themselves in difficulty overseas is set in our publication.

Consular Fees

A guide to Consular Fees for British nationals living in Rwanda can be found here: Consular Fees

Rwanda - Prison Pack

Information for British nationals arrested and imprisoned in Rwanda can be found here: Rwanda - Prisoner pack

For Lists of Different Service Providers in Rwanda, Please Click on Lists of Lawyers Below

Rwanda - List of Lawyers

We provide a list of English speaking lawyers in Rwanda please, follow this link to see the list Rwanda – List of Lawyers

Living in Rwanda

A guide for British nationals can be found on this link:Living in Rwanda

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.

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

Our people

William  Gelling  OBE

William Gelling OBE

British High Commissioner to Rwanda

  • Zoë Compston

    Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Kigali

Contact us

British High Commission Kigali

Parcelle No 1131, Boulevard de l'Umuganda

BP 576

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