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Rwanda Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

Nov 09, 2001

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali has confirmed reports of continued insurgent activity in western Rwanda.

In southwestern Rwanda, vehicles transitting the area were attacked in Nyungwe Forest, near the towns of Cyangugu on October 4 and Gikingoro on October 24. Both attacks occurred on the main road through Nyungwe Forest and resulted in several injuries. Insurgents have also raided two towns northwest of the forest. No Americans were injured in any of these incidents. Nevertheless, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges American citizens to avoid travel through the Nyungwe Forest.

In northwestern Rwanda, including the Virunga National Park and Gishwati Forest, insurgents continue to be active. 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, Rubavu, Giciye, Kinigi, Mutura, Kidaho, Nyamyumba, Nkumba, Nkuli, Mukingo, Nyamutera, Kayove, Rutsiro, Ramba, Gaseke and Satinsyi. Other areas may be added as conditions warrant; American citizens 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 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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) 72-128; e-mail:

In light of recent events in the United States, Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the Department of State's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, particularly the Department's Worldwide Caution, when considering travel abroad.

For further general information regarding travel to Rwanda, please consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet for Rwanda, which is available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

This Public Announcement supersedes the Department of State's Public Announcement for Rwanda of September 19, 2001, and updates the security information to include concerns in southwest Rwanda. This Public Announcement expires on March 18, 2002.

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