Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 22 March 2017, 15:41 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 August 2018

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to 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.

Avoid non-essential travel to the border with Burundi due to the unsettled security situation and the risk of banditry and cross-border incursions by armed groups.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Rwanda due to criminal activity. 

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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.

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 Web Site 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

See our regional advice for Africa

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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



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

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