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

Location:  Central African Republic (Bangui)

Event:  Ongoing Violence in the Central African Republic.

On January 14, 2021, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from U.S. Embassy Bangui due to ongoing armed group activity and supply chain disruptions.

Although there have been no specific incidents of violence or threats targeting U.S. citizens, civil unrest, demonstrations, and election-related violence, including renewed outbreaks of armed conflict, have occurred throughout the country in the period following the December 27,  2020 election.

Commercial flight options from Bangui M’Poko International Airport are available and should be utilized if you are concerned for your security.  Please check with airlines directly regarding their schedules, as flights may change at the last-minute.

  • For information on what the State Department can and cannot do in a crisis, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Have shelter in place plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Monitor the U.S. Embassy website and Twitter page for further updates.
  • Monitor local and international media (such as Radio France International and France24) and communiques from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for updates.
  • Review your personal security plans, be vigilant, and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
  • Establish your own personal security plan in coordination with your employer or host organization.
  • Avoid any areas near demonstrations and crowds.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile.
  • Always carry proof of your legal presence in Central African Republic, such as a U.S. passport with a visa, or a residency card.
  • For COVID-19 travel information, check and your planned air carrier for requirements.
  • 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.