Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 22 March 2017, 15:41 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 November 2017

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the vicinity of the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to the unpredictable security situation and the risk of cross-border incursions by armed guerrilla groups.  We advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to this area.  

There is high risk to your security in the vicinity of the border with Burundi due to the unsettled security situation and the risk of banditry and cross-border incursions by armed groups.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area.  

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Rwanda due to criminal activity and we advise caution. 

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Security incidents
Grenade attacks have occured from time to time in recent years, particularly in Kigali and Musanze. These incidents have killed and injured a number of people. Genocide memorial sites, markets, bus stops and taxis have previously been targeted.  

New Zealanders in Rwanda are advised to be security-conscious in public and crowded places and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Crime
Although crime levels in Rwanda remain relatively low and violent crime is rare, petty crime, such as bag snatching and pickpocketing, does occur. Incidents of armed robbery, theft from hotel rooms, residences and vehicles have been reported in Kigali.

New Zealanders are advised to avoid walking or travelling alone at night and guard personal belongings carefully. When travelling by road you should keep doors locked and windows up at all times.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Rwanda should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Rwanda are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is accredited to Rwanda

Street Address New Zealand Embassy, Apartment 381, Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Postal Address P.O.Box 25656 code 1000 Telephone +251-11-515-1269 Fax +251-11-552-6115 Email aue@mfat.govt.nz Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/ethiopia Hours Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm Note In case of an emergency outside of office hours, please call the after-hours duty service on +251 935 021 436

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Ethiopia

Street Address
New Zealand Embassy, Apartment 381, Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: +251-11-515-1269

Fax: +251-11-552-6115

Email: aue@mfat.govt.nz

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/ethiopia

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

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