Burundi reopens borders with Rwanda, DRC to goods trucks

The Burundi government has reopened its borders with Rwanda in the north and the DRC in the west to vehicles transporting goods. In a note verbale dated 14 April, the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs specifies that the measure is taken to allow the continuity of the free movement of goods as agreed by East African Community members.

Trucks transporting goods

“The movement of trucks passing through all of Burundi borders will no longer be under police escort on Burundi territory,” it said in the note verbale. The government of Burundi had closed the borders with Rwanda and the DRC for more than two weeks to fight against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Only the border with Tanzania was still open to trucks carrying goods.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs urges drivers of these vehicles to strictly observe hygienic measures imposed by the government while taking care of not stopping outside the fixed and convened rest stops.