Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: Rwanda closes schools and universities for two weeks from March 15 to stem the spread of COVID-19. Additional preventive measures likely.

This alert affects Rwanda

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 21:38 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: March 14
  • Impact: Entry and travel restrictions, business disruptions

Rwandan authorities have instituted a series of preventive measures, March 14, after the country registered its first confirmed case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have closed private and public schools, institutions of higher education, and places of worship from March 15 for a period of two weeks. Authorities have also asked the public to postpone and avoid cultural, social, and sporting events. The restrictions are intended to stem the spread of the COVID-19.

RwandaAir (WB), which had already suspended all direct flights to China, has stated that it will suspend all flights to India until April 30.

Additional preventive measures and travel restrictions remain likely in the coming days and weeks. The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a pandemic. COVID-19 originated in China's city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.