Last update 13 July 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of Rwanda
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in Rwanda. Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in Rwanda can contact the Embassy of Bulgaria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on consular matters.
Embassy of Bulgaria in Ethiopia
Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Postal Address: POBox 987 Addis Ababa, FDR of Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 11 66 100 32
Fax: +251 11 66 162 70
Office hours: 08.00 am - 06.00 pm
The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague is accredited to Bulgaria.
Embassy of Rwanda in The Hague
Postadres van de ambassade: Johan Van Oldenbarneveltlaan 9B; 2582 NE Den Haag
Tel: +31 703 926 571
Fax: +31 704 275 326
Rwandan franc (RWF)
We recommend to travellers to carry US dollars, euros or credit cards.
Crime and security
Travellers are recommended to exercise special caution about their personal security.
Avoid travelling at night.
We recommend travellers to carry a copy of the identity document and a small amount of cash.
Avoid travelling inside the country.
Crime rate is very high, there are abductions and petty theft in major cities and tourist centres. Threat of terrorist bombings.
In Rwanda, homosexuality is forbidden and is pursued by law.
You can bring an unlimited amount of cash in Rwanda but it must be declared. You can bring duty-free goods for personal use.
The import of plants is banned.
Export of foreign currency - without restrictions within the amount declared upon entry.
It is recommended to hire a taxi only after a preliminary agreement on tariff.
Be careful especially when travelling by car in the dark.
Both an international and Bulgarian driving license are required.
Low level of healthcare.
Tap water is not used for drinking, used for washing only after boiling.
High percentage of people infected with AIDS.
Travel papers and visas
As of 1 January 2014 the East African tourist visa shall enter into force. Tourists visiting one of the three countries - the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Uganda, with a valid visa can visit also the other two, without submitting additional visa applications or paying additional fees for the visa.
Travellers can enter the country with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Rwanda.
Bulgarian citizens travelling to Rwanda (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) need to obtain a visa from the Embassy of Rwanda in The Hague.
Immunization against yellow fever is required.
For the latest information on vaccines required for travel to Rwanda, you can contact the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at telephone +359 2 944-69-99/221.
Rainy season - from February to June and from October to December.
The intake of more liquids and lower-fat foods is recommended, as well as abstention from alcohol during the hot months.
The consumption of tap water is forbidden.
Certification and Legalisation
To be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to serve before Bulgarian institutions, all documents of Bulgarian citizens issued by the Rwandan authorities should be provided with an Apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda.
Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of an EU Member State in Rwanda.