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Health Alert: Rwanda, Government Announces Updated COVID-19 Prevention Measures

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda (June 17, 2020) 

Location:  Rwanda 

Event:  636 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda


On June 16, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 636 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda. 


On June 16, the government of Rwanda announced updated COVID-19 prevention measures.    

  • Movements are prohibited from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM, except with permission.  
  • Masks must be worn in public at all times.  
  • All resumed services must follow health guidelines from the Ministry of Health.   
  • Public and private businesses may resume work with essential staff only.  Other employees should continue to work from home.  
  • Domestic and international tourism is permitted only for visitors traveling on charter flights.  The Kigali Airport remains closed to normal commercial air traffic. 
  • Individual sporting activities in open spaces are permitted, but sports facilities, gyms, and recreational centers remain closed.  
  • Religious weddings and funerals are permitted but must not exceed 30 people.
  • All bars, schools, universities, and places of worship remain closed.   
  • Transport between provinces in permitted, except to and from Rusizi and Rubavu districts.
  • Meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are prohibited.  
  • Borders remain closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory seven day quarantine at designated locations at their own expense.   

Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information. 


If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case or is being evaluated for COVID-19, call 114, email callcenter@rbc.gov.rw, or WhatsApp +250-788-20-20-80, or contact your nearest health care facility. 


The Embassy is closed for routine consular services.  If you require emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and passport renewals, please email ConsularKigali@state.gov or call (250) 252 596 400.  


The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe. 


Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  We will be sure to highlight any new information from previous emails. 


Actions to Take: 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.   
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.   
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.   
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.  
  • Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 website for information on conditions in Rwanda.  
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States   
  • Call 114 or contact your nearest health facility if you have had close contact with a confirmed case or someone being evaluated for COVID-19. 



  • U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda  

2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)  

(250) 252 596 400  



  • State Department - Consular Affairs  

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444  



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