Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Bangui

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of limited protests in Bangui’s 3rd and 6th neighborhoods, including barricades on several streets. These protests follow a grenade attack in the 5th neighborhood during the night of November 11. Central African and United Nations security forces have increased patrols in the affected areas. The U.S. Embassy has restricted movements for its staff until the morning of November 13. The Embassy advises American citizens to avoid non-essential movements to affected areas and any locations where crowds have gathered.

U.S. citizens who have decided to stay in the Central African Republic (CAR) despite the Travel Warning  should regularly review their personal security situation. 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, located at Avenue Rosa Parks in the Mbankolo Quartier, adjacent to the Mount Febe Golf Club, is open 8 am to 5pm, and can be reached from a mobile phone at 00-237-22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023; from a landline dial 00-237-2220-1500. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is 00-237-22220-1500 ext. 4531 from a mobile phone, or 00-237-2220-1500 from a landline. 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

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 00-1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).