Country Guide: Rwanda

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required                                          

  • Copy of Passport
  • Detailed inventory
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - no Express Release / Air Waybill ( AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in English or French dated and signed by the shipper
  • Letter of Employment
  • Long-term Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Non-Governmental Organization Registration Certificate (NGOs)

 

Specific Information

  • All documents must be provided to agent prior to the arrival of the shipment in order to obtain duty-free clearance.
  • All new items are subject to payment of duties and taxes.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Registration Card
  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Purchase Invoice

 

Specific Information

  • Taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc.
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Pet Passport
  • Rwanda Veterinary Certificate
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Proof of ownership

 

Specific Information

  • Pets should be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry into Rwanda; however, they must not have been vaccinated more than 12 months prior to entry.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • A Certificate of Free Entry must be obtained from the Line Ministry Alcohol and other spirits :
  • Only "Fond de Cave" is acceptable (less than 15 bottles).
  • If the value is higher than $5000, shipper must apply for an Import License and a pre-shipment inspection must be conducted at origin; alcohol should be sent separately from the household goods.
  • Local currency (maximum of 5,000 Rwandese Francs)
  • The following household goods may be imported duty free by persons 16 years and older within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (2 cartons)
    • Alcoholic beverages (2 liters)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Transmission equipment
  • Live or dead animals and foodstuff from countries where an epidemic has been present and has been included in a health risk by Rwanda authorities (contact nearest embassy for specific information)
  • Pornography
  • Items infringing on copyrights

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/rw

http://www.rwandaembassy.org

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.