Rwanda Import Restrictions

In order to enter Rwanda, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Rwanda government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Rwanda, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Rwanda.

Rwanda Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Rwandan authorities before posting:


  • Firearms
  • Medicines
  • Newspapers and books
  • Plants and grain
  • Saccharine and similar products.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

Since early 2009 Rwandan Post has been unable to return undeliverable items to their senders by surface mail. Only Air services will be used for the return of undeliverable parcels to origin.

Australian Customs require an EDN (export declaration number) for ECI / EPI parcel items going to Rwanda. In addition to this, please ensure that all receiver details are completed correctly.

Please contact the Express call-centre on 1800 007 678 for more information.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Rwanda prohibits:

  • Absinthe-based liqueurs
  • Animals, live
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery, precious stones and metals
  • Obscene or immoral articles
  • Plastic bages, items wrapped in
  • Pornography.