Security Message for U.S. Citizens April 8, 2018: Joint Security Operation in Bangui’s PK5

Early the morning of April 8, 2018, Central African security forces and MINUSCA peacekeeping forces started a joint operation in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood. Gunfire has been and continues to be reported in this neighborhood. The U.S. Embassy in Bangui is restricting movements in the city for its staff due to this operation. The Embassy advises American citizens to avoid the PK5 neighborhood and adjoining neighborhoods during the operation.

The U.S. Embassy in Bangui reminds individuals to be vigilant, review personal security plans, remain aware of surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Embassy Bangui cannot provide consular services to U.S. citizens in CAR at this time. U.S. citizens in need of assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for CAR.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon: Open 8 am to 5pm
    • Calling from a landline: 00-237-2220-1500
    •  Calling from a mobile phone: 00-237-22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023
    • Located at Avenue Rosa Parks in the Mbankolo Quartier, adjacent to the Mount Febe Golf Club
  • If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours:
    • Call the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate:
    • Calling from a mobile phone: 00-237-22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023
    • Calling from a landline: 00-237-2220-150
    • Please note that due to local connectivity issues, not all mobile providers may work at all times. If you cannot get through, please try another service provider.
  • The Embassy can also be contacted via e-mail by U.S. citizens at
  • In the United States or Canada call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free
  • From other countries call 00-1-202-501-4444
  • 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays)