Uganda issues advisory on Rwanda travel

Friday March 08 2019

Cargo trucks stuck at the Uganda-Rwanda border post in Katuna following its closure. PHOTO | ROBERT MUHEREZA| NMG


Uganda has advised cargo trucks heading to Rwanda to use two of its three border posts amid soaring relations with its neighbour.

The travel advisory comes more than a week after Kigali announced that it had closed the Katuna/Gatuna border, the busiest crossing between Rwanda and Uganda.

“Goods destined to Rwanda from Uganda consider exiting into Rwanda via Mirama Hills [Kagitumba] and Kyanika [Cyanika] Customs border posts; goods in Uganda territory, destined for the DRC consider exiting via Customs border posts shared by Uganda and DR Congo” reads a statement by Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde.

Cargo trucks headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo that use the Rwandan route, which is shorter, and are stuck at Katuna now have three options -- the Bunagana border some 113km away, Ishasha 120km, and Mpondwe 255km.

Kampala has also urged traders who already had Customs clearance for goods headed to Rwanda to contact the Uganda Revenue Authority for review.

Ms Kyambadde noted that movement of Ugandans to and from Rwanda “remains unimpeded”.


Rwanda blocked its nationals from crossing into Uganda last week on claims that they would be arrested, tortured and harassed.

Kigali also accuses Kampala of hosting rebels seeking to destabilise Rwanda. Uganda says the accusations are false.