Stay Safe in Rwanda
Tourists are often greeted cordially in Rwanda, and the nation is widely regarded as safe for tourists. Certain areas near the Congolese and Burundian borders may be exceptions. Rwandan soldiers are said to be engaged in the civil conflict that still rages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeast, owing to the presence of Interhamwe refugees who fled following the 1994 genocide. Gisenyi and Kibuye are deemed safe, although the border situation may change at any time: for more information, see Foreign Office information and local sources.
Because of the massive and constant Rwandan army presence near the DRC border, gorilla trekking is usually regarded as secure.
If you’re traveling in the countryside in a matutu (taxi), don’t be shocked if the matutu passes through numerous police/military checkpoints. This is done to verify IDs, vehicle registration, and insurance, therefore carry a photocopy of your passport with you everywhere you go in Rwanda.
Stay Healthy in Rwanda
The following is an extract from the United States State Department’s Consular Information Sheet on Rwanda, which was revised on December 1, 2006:
Medical and dental services are few, and certain medications are either out of stock or unavailable. Travelers should carry their own prescription and preventative medical supplies. Americans in Kigali may seek treatment at King Faycal Hospital, a private hospital with limited services. In Kigali, there is also a missionary dentistry clinic operated by an American dentist. Kibagora, in southern Rwanda, has an American-run missionary hospital with some surgical capabilities. Another hospital with American doctors is in Ruhengeri, in the gorilla trekking region, and a Chinese hospital is at Kibungo, in southern Rwanda. There is also an excellent hospital near Lac Muhazi that people from Kigali visit. The US Embassy in Rwanda maintains an up-to-date list of healthcare providers and facilities. This list is included in the welcome packages for American citizens provided by the Consular Section. Meningitis epidemics occur on a regular basis in Rwanda. Yellow fever may cause severe medical issues, but the necessary vaccination is very successful in avoiding the illness. Adults are at a high risk of HIV/AIDS, with 9 percent, or one in every eleven, infected. Sex should be done in a safe manner. Use of intravenous drugs should be avoided.