Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangui, Central African Republic

Location:  Country-wide

Event:  COVID-19 Health Update

The Ministry of Health of the Central African Republic (CAR) has confirmed there are cases of COVID-19 in the country.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

The government of CAR has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  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)
  • No handshakes or kissing, instead use non-contact greetings for social interactions
  • No large gatherings
  • Public spaces must have hand-washing stations

Bangui airport remains open. However, at this time, the U.S. Embassy is unaware of any commercial flights arriving in or departing from CAR.  If you need assistance departing the country, please contact us at

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic.  For emergency American Citizens Services, please visit our website for additional information.

On March 18, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. personnel in Bangui.

Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

Actions to Take: