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Rwanda Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Sep 19, 2001

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali has confirmed reports that insurgents continue to engage in activities in the northwest of Rwanda, including the Virunga National Park and Gishwati Forest and areas bordering Rwanda in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

As a result, American citizens are strongly urged to avoid travel to the Virunga National Park, including organized "gorilla tours." American citizens should also avoid travel to the following communes in the northwest of Rwanda: Ndusa, Gatonde, Rwerere, Rubavi, Giciye, Kinigi, Mutura, Kidaho, Nyamyunba, Nkumba, Nkuli, Mukingo, Nyamutera, Kayove, Rutsiro, Ramba, Gaseke and Satinsyi. Other areas may be added as conditions warrant; and should contact the U.S. Embassy in Kigali for current information.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that American citizens who plan travel between the towns of Ruhengeri and Gisenyi should do so only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

In light of recent events, Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the Department's Internet web site at, particularly the Department's Worldwide Caution, when considering travel abroad.

American citizens who plan to travel to Rwanda are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Rwanda. The U.S. Embassy is located at Boulevard de la Revolution; the mailing address is B.P. 28, Kigali, Rwanda; telephone (250) 505-601, 505-602, and 505-603; fax (250) 72128; e-mail

For further general information regarding travel to Rwanda, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Rwanda, which is available on the Internet at

This Public Announcement supersedes the June 20, 2001 Rwanda Public Announcement, and it expires on March 18, 2002.

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