Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangui, Central African Republic (March 14, 2020)

Event:  On March 14, one case of COVID 19 was announced by the Central African Government health authorities.  Travelers should be prepared for additional screening measures or travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Please monitor this page for the most current information.

On March 13, the government of CAR  announced the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Diplomatic missions, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations must comply with these directives. Airline companies must also cooperate with the government of CAR concerning quarantine and other measures necessary to manage the risk of importation.  The government of CAR established a coronavirus hotline (French and Sango) – call 1212 if you have questions or to report possible exposure.

  • Mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for any person entering CAR coming from a location with local transmission of COVID-19.* (see “Actions to Take” below)
  • Members of the government of CAR are banned from traveling to countries with local transmission
  • Central Africans outside of CAR are recommended to postpone travel to CAR
  • No handshakes or kissing, instead use non-contact greetings for social interactions
  • No large gatherings
  • Public spaces must have hand-washing stations

On March 11, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 3 Travel Advisory, urging U.S. citizens to reconsider all international travel.  The U.S. Embassy in Bangui advises U.S. government personnel to limit all non-emergency, non-mission-critical travel to CAR.

Actions to Take: