Rwanda is generally safe and crime levels are relatively low, but street crime does occur. There have been reports of an increase in burglary, theft and mugging in Kigali in recent months. You should take precautions with valuables and remain vigilant. See Crime
The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains unstable, and the situation in Burundi has also become volatile with increased tensions and violence related to the ongoing political crisis, including deteriorating relations with Rwanda. There’s a continuing risk that the security situation in the region could deteriorate further. If you are travelling near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or Burundi, you should be aware of the risk conflict can flare up at short notice, exercise caution and keep up to date with developments on the current situation, including via your tour operator, the local media and this travel advice. See Local travel
On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) following an outbreak of the Ebola virus eastern DRC. Cases have been confirmed in Goma, close to the DRC-Rwanda border, since 14 July 2019. New cases continue to be reported across the affected areas including the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu. Further advice is available on the World Health Organisation website. On 1 August 2019 border restrictions were temporarily put in place for those travelling between Goma and Rwanda, these have since been lifted but the potential for further disruption remains. The Rwandan government has put in place screening procedures for Ebola at all entry points, including land borders and at airports. Specific requirements remain in place for anyone wishing to enter Rwanda from Ebola-affected areas of DRC. The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organisation website. See Health
You need a visa to enter Rwanda. See Visas
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Rwanda, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.