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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Travellers should refer to the ICA website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.

Please refer to the official website of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre at https://www.rbc.gov.rw or the official Facebook page of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda at https://www.facebook.com/rwandahealth for the Rwanda government’s latest COVID-19 related entry requirements.

As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest High Commission of Rwanda, to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

Singaporeans can visit Rwanda for up to 90 days without a visa. There should be at least six months' validity on your passport on the expected date of departure from Rwanda. If you are travelling to Rwanda from or transited through a yellow fever endemic country, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into Rwanda. 

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the High Commission of Rwanda in Singapore for the latest information.

Travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Rwanda. Grenade attacks and fatal incidents of violence have occurred. Avoid protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent. If there is evidence of unrest, head to a safe place immediately.

The borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi have a volatile and unpredictable security situation with the possibility of cross-border attacks by armed groups. Monitor local media and sources for developments which may affect your safety.

Plastic bags are prohibited in Rwanda and are confiscated on entry at the airport and in public places. Offenders may be detained and fined. 

It is illegal to take photos of government buildings in Rwanda.

It is mandatory by law for all persons to have health insurance while in Rwanda.

Rwanda is a cash-based society and credit cards are only accepted at large hotels. 

There is a high risk of mosquito-borne diseases including malaria in all areas of Rwanda. There are many cases of Meningococcal disease which may be fatal. See your doctor for advice on appropriate vaccinations before you travel. Take precautions against insect bites. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

Rwanda experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, especially in the north-western region. There may be flooding and mudslides throughout Rwanda during the rainy season. Monitor local media and weather forecasts and adhere to the instructions of local authorities. If in doubt, seek the advice of the local authorities.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.

 

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrest or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport numbers, address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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