Rwanda banned plastic bags in the country already in 2007. The goverment's decision to ban all non-biodegradable polyethylene (plastic) bags is based on a scientific study on the impact of plastic bags on the Rwandan environment, as well as the plastic bags contribution to the economy of our country. The outcomes of the study showed an overwhelming negative impact of plastic bags on the environment and so the government of Rwanda agreed to ban all plastic bags in the country.
If you are travelling to Rwanda, your luggage may get searched at the border and sometimes even at police checkpoints throughout the country to make sure you are not carrying plastic bags. Travellers carrying plastic bags upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport in Rwanda's capital Kigali may have them confiscated and have to pay for a reusable cloth replacement.