An International driving permit is acceptable and can be used for one year for driving in Rwanda. After that term, a foreigner should apply for a Rwandan driver license.

The main Rwandan road traffic rules:

  • Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years in categories A and B and 20 years in categories C, D, E, and F.
  • Drunk drivers are fined and jailed for 24 hours. The legal blood alcohol level is 0.08%. The random breath testing by police is legal.
  • Helmet use is compulsory for motorcyclists.
  • To wear seat belts is required for all car occupants.
  • Vehicles already in a traffic circle have the right-of-way.
  • Third-party insurance is required.
  • The speed limit in towns is 40 km/h (25 mph) and in provinces is 60 km/h (37 mph).
  • Using cell phones while driving is prohibited, unless phones are equipped with a hands free kit.
  • The police phone number is 112.

Additional information:

  • During the rainy season, many side roads are passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Police may stop any vehicle and search the car and luggage.
  • Causing a fatal accident could result in three to six months imprisonment.
  • While driving, it is required to have a driver license (International driving permit), vehicle registration documents, and car insurance certificates.
  • To report traffic accidents, drivers should cold 113.

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