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Last verified: Sunday, 26. January 2020 at 07:22 AM

Rwanda Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Rwanda is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 1.8 / 5

Travelling Rwanda is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.1 / 5

Rwanda shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Rwanda), the Advisory Index is 3.1 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Burundi (4.8), Democratic Republic of the Congo (3.8), Uganda with 2.7 and Tanzania with 2.3 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Rwanda

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Rwanda.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Rwanda from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 1.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise Increased Caution in: The Rwanda-Burundi border due to armed conflict. The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/rwanda-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Avoid non-essential travel to Rwanda's borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi due to the unpredictable security situation, and the risk of banditry and cross-border incursions by armed groups.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/rwanda

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Säkerhetsläget i Rwanda är relativt stabilt. Det finns risk för terrorattacker. Undvik folksamlingar. Undvik onödiga resor till gränstrakterna mot Burundi, Uganda och Demokratiska republiken Kongo. Striderna i Demokratiska republiken Kongo påverkar tidvis också Rwanda. Anlita en känd resebyrå om du tänker besöka en naturpark.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/RW

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/rwanda

Individual rating changes for Rwanda

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Rwanda. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Rwanda changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Rwanda with a rating of 1.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Rwanda with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Rwanda with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Rwanda with a rating of 1.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Rwanda with a rating of 2.0.

About Rwanda

Rwanda with its capital Kigali is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa), slightly smaller than Maryland (26,338 km²). The country is located Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo. The climate can be described as temperate; two rainy seasons (February to April, November to January); mild in mountains with frost and snow possible. The landscape is mostly grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude declining from west to east. With a population of about 10.19 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Kigali
Population about 10.19 million
Size 26.338 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Maryland
Common languages English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili
Currency Franc (short: RWF)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +250
Internet Top Level Domain .rw
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 RW
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 RWA
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 646

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Rwanda is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation results from uncontrolled cutting of trees for fuel
  • overgrazing
  • soil erosion
  • soil exhaustion
  • widespread poaching

Natural hazzards

  • periodic droughts
  • the volcanic Virunga Mountains are in the northwest along the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Visoke (3,711 m), located on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the country's only historically active volcano

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Rwanda. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. agricultural products
  2. cement
  3. cigarettes
  4. furniture
  5. plastic goods
  6. shoes
  7. small-scale beverages
  8. soap
  9. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. beans
  3. coffee
  4. insecticide made from chrysanthemums
  5. livestock
  6. potatoes
  7. pyrethrum
  8. sorghum
  9. tea

Rwandan Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Rwanda.

Export products

  1. coffee
  2. hides
  3. tea
  4. tin ore

Import products

  1. cement
  2. construction material
  3. equipment
  4. foodstuffs
  5. machinery
  6. petroleum products
  7. steel

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Rwanda?

Rwanda is currently rated at 1,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. Travelling Rwanda is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Rwanda in 2020?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Rwanda.

How many travel advisories do you know for Rwanda?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Rwanda.

What is the size of Rwanda?

Rwanda has a size of 26,338 km² or 10,169 mi² which is slightly smaller than Maryland.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.