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Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: James KIMONYO
Embassy: 1714 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: [1] (202) 232-2882
Fax: [1] (202) 232-4544

US Diplomatic Representation:
note: US Embassy closed indefinitely
Embassy: Boulevard de la Revolution, Kigali
Mailing Address: B. P. 28, Kigali
Telephone: [250] 505-601/2/3
Fax: [250] 572-128

Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Rwanda
Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Washington D.C.

U.S Embassy Web Site in Rwanda


The United States established diplomatic relations with Rwanda in 1962, following its independence from a Belgian-administered trusteeship. From 1990 to 1994, the country saw civil war and genocide. The United States seeks to help Rwanda meet the needs of its population, including increased social cohesion in a peaceful, democratic, and inclusive Rwanda that provides good governance and an economically enabling environment. The United States supports Rwandan efforts to increase democratic participation, enhance respect for civil and political rights, and improve the quality and learning outcomes of basic education. Rwanda is one of the world’s poorest countries, but it has made progress in developing national and local government institutions, maintaining security, promoting reconciliation, and strengthening the justice system.

U.S. Assistance to Rwanda

The United States assists Rwanda in providing basic health services for the populace; expanding economic opportunities in rural areas, particularly through a strengthened agricultural production and food security program; protecting and promoting the country’s unique biodiversity; strengthening democracy engagement between civil society and government; and improving the foundational skills (literacy, numeracy, and workforce readiness) that prepare Rwandan youth for a modern service-based economy. These goals are carried out through various presidential initiatives: Feed the Future; Global Climate Change; and the Global Health Initiative, including the President’s Malaria Initiative and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. U.S. assistance in Rwanda also supports regional economic integration to spur business development, entrepreneurship, and increased employment opportunities.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Rwanda is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The United States and Rwanda have a trade and investment framework agreement and a bilateral investment treaty. The United States also has signed trade and investment framework agreements with the East African Community and with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. Rwanda is a member of both regional organizations.

U.S. business interests in Rwanda have been modest, with private U.S. investment in tea, coffee, energy, mining, franchising, and small holdings in service and manufacturing concerns. U.S. exports to Rwanda include aircraft, pharmaceutical products, machinery, optic and medical instruments, and agricultural products. U.S. imports from Rwanda include coffee, basketwork, tungsten ore, and apparel.

Rwanda's Membership in International Organizations

Rwanda and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda is Donald W. Koran; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Rwanda maintains an embassy in the United States at 1714 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009 (tel. 202-232-2882).

More information about Rwanda is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Rwanda Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Rwanda Page
U.S. Embassy: Rwanda
USAID Rwanda Page
History of U.S. Relations With Rwanda
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel and Business Information


To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Rwanda check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


Driving TBA
Currency (RWF) Rwandan Franc
Electrical 230 Volts
Telephones Country Code 250

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are extremely limited and trained medical personnel are in short supply. Travelers generally bring their own medicines. Information on health conditions are precautions may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's International Travelers Hotline at 404-332-4559.

Telecommunications: Cable service, long-distance telephone and telefax service are available in Kigali, but in only a few of the larger towns outside of the capital.

Transportation: Several flights weekly are available from African and European cities (Nairobi, Entebbe, Brussels and Paris). Rwanda has no railways and no reliable public transportation service outside of Kigali.

National Holidays: Businesses and the U.S. embassy may be closed on the following Rwandan national holidays:
New Year's Day -- January 1
End of Ramadan -- #
Labor Day -- May 1
Ascension Day -- #
National Day -- July 1
Rwandan Liberation Day -- July 4
Republic Day -- September 25
All Saints Day -- November 1
Christmas Day -- December 25
# = Date varies each year

Because of the high altitude of the country, Rwanda has a pleasant tropical highland climate, with a daily temperature range as great as 14°C (25°F). Temperature vary considerably from region to region because of the variations in altitude. The average daytime temperature is about 30°C except in the highlands where it is much cooler. There are four seasons; long rains from mid March to mid May, short rains from mid-October to mid-December; long dry period from mid-May to mid-October and short dry season from mid-December to mid-March. The north-east has more rainfall than other parts of the country.

Currency: Rwanda Franc (FRw)=100 centimes.

Business Hours
Banking: Monday to Friday: 0830-1130 and 1330-1630 Saturday: 0830-1130
Shops: Monday to Friday: 0830-1300 and 1400-1700 Saturday: 0830-1230

Local Time: Rwanda is two hours ahead of GMT


Tobacco......200 cigarettes or 50 cigars 454g of tobacco

Liquor..........2 bottles of spririts or wine

Perfume.......Reasonable for personal use

Cameras.......No restrictions

Film..............Reasonable for personal use

Gifts..............Reasonable amount

Currency.......Should be declared on arrival

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