Dangers & Annoyances
Mention Rwanda to most people and they think of it as a highly dangerous place. However, it's actually one of the safest countries in East Africa to travel in today.
- Serious crime or hostility aimed specifically at travellers is very rare, and there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries.
- Kigali is a genuine contender for the safest capital in Africa, though, as in any big city, take care at night and don't take unnecessary risks.
- Never take photographs of anything connected with the government or military (post offices, banks, bridges, border crossings, barracks, prisons and dams) – cameras can and will be confiscated by the rather overzealous police or security services.
Government Travel Advice
The following government websites offer travel advisories and information for travellers.
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
- Global Affairs Canada (www.voyage.gc.ca)
- French Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères (www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs)
- Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale (www.viaggiaresicuri.mae.aci.it)
- New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
- UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
- US Department of State (www.travel.state.gov)