Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Bangui, Central African Republic

Location: Central African Republic (Nationwide)

Event: Announcement by the Constitutional Court

The Embassy has received reports that on December 2 or 3 the Central African Republic Constitutional Court will announce the final list of candidates for the upcoming elections, which may increase tensions nationwide.  Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, civil unrest, demonstrations, and violence have already occurred, and may recur in the period leading up to, during, and following the elections.  Out of an abundance of caution, Embassy Bangui has advised employees to shelter in place at their residences on December 2 and 3.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid any areas near demonstrations and crowds.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile.
  • Review your personal security plans, be vigilant, and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
  • Always carry proof of your legal presence in Central African Republic, such as a U.S. passport with a visa, or a residency card.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Bangui does not provide consular services at this time.  Contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde if you need consular services.