Rwanda vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you travelling to Rwanda soon? Please read our travel advice and prepare your trip well. We recommend vaccinations for Rwanda. These are not mandatory, unless you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which specific vaccinations you require for your trip to Rwanda is dependant on the places you will visit and the duration of your stay in the land of a thousand hills.

The Republic of Rwanda is located in Eastern Africa and has borders with the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and other countries. Rwanda lies at a high altitude giving the country a tropical climate with slightly lower temperatures. During the day, temperatures usually range between 20 and 27 degrees centigrade. Rwanda has two rainy seasons, so if you wish to avoid heavy rain the best time to travel to Rwanda would be between July and September, and in January. Rwanda is a perfect destination for those who are keen on flora and fauna. You can visit the beautifully situated capital Kigali, hike through the rain forest or try to spot the rare mountain gorillas. In Butare, you will find one of the finest ethnographic museums in East Africa.

Regardless of your travel plans for Rwanda, always take into account the risk of (tropical) diseases and mosquito bites. Malaria occurs in Rwanda. Our KLM Health Services experts can tell you exactly which vaccinations you require for Rwanda and provide advice on additional measures you can take to minimise health risk during your stay. Click here to make an appointment (in Dutch) with one of our nurses.

Rwanda vaccinations: the most common risks

Various diseases are prevalent in Rwanda to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Rwanda and read which specific vaccinations you require.



The authorities of this country require a “cholera statement” if you pass its borders.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.


Vaccination against meningococcal depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.


Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - recommended

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

A healthy trip to Rwanda: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Rwanda as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey. 

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips. 

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice (in Dutch) helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Rwanda? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Rwanda vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Rwanda? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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