Message for U.S. Citizens: Special commercial flight planned for Saturday, July 11

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Special commercial flight planned for Saturday, July 11 The U.S. Embassy has learned a tentative special commercial flight is being arranged by SatGuru potentially leaving Bujumbura on Saturday, July 11 and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD).  SatGuru is still awaiting final confirmation by the Government of Burundi.  Please note that the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Special commercial flight planned for Thursday, June 25

Message for U.S. Citizens  Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Special commercial flight planned for Thursday, June 25 The U.S. Embassy has learned a tentative special commercial flight is being arranged by SatGuru potentially leaving Bujumbura on Thursday, June 25 and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD).  This flight is not confirmed, and SatGuru is waiting for the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Special commercial flight planned for Saturday

The U.S. Embassy has learned a tentative special commercial flight is being arranged by SatGuru potentially leaving Bujumbura on Saturday, 13 June, and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD).  This flight is not confirmed, and SatGuru is waiting for the final confirmation from Government of Burundi for clearance.  Once confirmed, SatGuru will publish ticket and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Immediate reservations for today’s 5-30 flight SatGuru confirms a very high probability of today’s Rwandair 948 flight to Addis Ababa leaving today as scheduled. If you plan to travel on this flight, please finalize financial arrangements as soon as possible with SatGuru directly using:           Sales.bjm1@satgurutravel.com or Sales.bjm3@satgurutravel.com For additional details, please visit our …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: Reservations for Rwandair special commercial flight planned for Saturday, May 30 SatGuru is now accepting refundable reservations ($1000, to be used toward the fare price) for the Rwandair 948 flight to Addis Ababa leaving Saturday, May 30. Make reservations with SatGuru directly using: Sales.bjm1@satgurutravel.com or Sales.bjm3@satgurutravel.com The updated flight details are: Carrier Rwanda Airways …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Rwandair special commercial flight planned for Saturday, May 30 The U.S. Embassy has learned a tentative special commercial flight is being arranged by SatGuru and operated by Rwandair, potentially leaving Bujumbura on Saturday, 30 May, and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD). This flight is not confirmed, and SatGuru is waiting for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: Cancellation of Ethiopian special commercial flight planned for Saturday, May 23 The U.S. Embassy has learned of the cancellation of the special commercial flight that was being arranged by SatGuru and operated by Ethiopian Airlines, scheduled to leave Bujumbura on Saturday, 23 May, and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD). Please note …

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Ethiopian Special Commercial Flight Planned for Saturday, May 23

Message for U.S. Citizens Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Ethiopian special commercial flight planned for Saturday, May 23 The U.S. Embassy has learned a tentative special commercial flight is being arranged by SatGuru and operated by Ethiopian Airlines, potentially leaving Bujumbura on Saturday, 23 May, and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD).  This flight is not confirmed, …

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Security Alert -U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: The Burundi presidential elections are scheduled to take place May 20. Over the past two weeks, the Regional Security Office has noted an increase of violence involving grenade attacks within Bujumbura Mairie. Specifically, two separate local bars were targeted with grenade attacks, resulting in fatalities and injuries. As a precaution, the Regional …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: Postponement of Ethiopian special commercial flight planned for 15 May SatGuru has shared that the special commercial flight it was organizing with Ethiopian Airlines was postponed until further notice.  This flight was set to leave Bujumbura on or around 15 May to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD). The U.S. Embassy was …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting on May 15, 2020

U.S. citizens, their spouses, and children are invited to a virtual Town Hall Meeting for the U.S. citizen community on Friday, May 15, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The virtual Town Hall will be an opportunity to discuss current issues of concern to the U.S. citizen community in Burundi, especially the upcoming elections. Advance registration …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi   Event:  Ethiopian special commercial flight planned for 15 May We have learned of a tentative special commercial flight to be arranged by SatGuru and operated by Ethiopian Airlines, leaving Bujumbura on or around 15 May and traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD).  The U.S. Embassy is not directly involved in arranging this …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Security considerations regarding the beginning of Burundi election period and end of special repatriation flights A U.S. Government-organized special humanitarian departed Bujumbura on Tuesday, April 21.  The U.S. Embassy is not planning any further special humanitarian flights at this time.  It is unclear when Burundi’s international airport will resume normal operations for commercial flights. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Bookings complete for special U.S. Government humanitarian flight departure on April 21 The U.S. Government-organized special humanitarian  flight  is now scheduled to depart from Bujumbura on Tuesday, April 21.  Travelers with confirmed bookings on this flight will soon receive additional details separately, via email.  Cost of the flight expected to be approximately $1900 per adult, $1500 per child 2-12, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Special U.S. Government humanitarian flight departure changed to April 21 The U.S. Government-organized special humanitarian  flight  is now scheduled to depart from Bujumbura at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21.  Cost of the flight expected to be approximately $1900 per adult, $1500 per child 2-12, and $200 per infant under two years of age.  Please note that we anticipate high demand for this flight.  The U.S. Government cannot predict when another …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Special U.S. Government humanitarian flight departure changed to April 20 The U.S. Government-organized special humanitarian flight  is now scheduled to depart from Bujumbura on Monday, April 20. Cost of the flight expected to be approximately $1900 per adult, $1500 per child 2-12, and $200 per infant under two years of age.  Please note that we …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reservations available for April 21 U.S. Government flight

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Reservations available for April 21 U.S. Government flight DS-5528 Evacuee Manifest and Promissory Note (PDF 103 KB) The U.S. Government-organized special humanitarian flight  is now scheduled to depart from Bujumbura on Tuesday, April 21.  Cost of the flight expected to be approximately $1900 per adult.  Please note that we anticipate high demand for this flight.  The U.S. Government cannot predict when …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Landscape of remaining special flights

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:  Landscape of remaining special flights Please note that the ticketing deadline for the April 18 Japanese-organized Rwandair Express special commercial flight detailed here and here passed on Sunday, April 12.  For those of you who may have already been in touch about this flight but not yet committed, or have not yet been in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: SatGuru contact information for special commercial Ethiopian flight on Wednesday, April 15 The travel agency SatGuru will be handling all reservations for the special commercial Ethiopian flight in conjunction with the Embassy of Italy leaving Bujumbura on Wednesday, April 15 previously announced under “additional flight options” here . The flight is scheduled to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:    April 12 deadline and contact information for bookings of special commercial flight by Embassy of Japan leaving on Saturday, April 18 The U.S. Embassy has learned that the Embassy of Japan is arranging a special commercial flight on Saturday, April 18, that will depart Bujumbura for Addis Ababa via Kigali and Entebbe.  …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Message for U.S. Citizens Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: Special flight leaving on or after Sunday, April 19 The Embassy has arranged a special humanitarian flight to the United States that will depart Bujumbura on, or soon after, Sunday, April 19, with space for U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, and foreigners eligible to enter the United States. Estimated …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event: Airport closure extended on April 4 for 14 additional days On Saturday, April 4, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Homeland Planning announced an additional 14-day extension of the suspension on all international commercial flights departing or arriving from the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport that began on March 22, 2020 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:    Cancellation of Monday April 6 special Ethiopian Airlines flight We regret to inform you that Ethiopian Airlines has canceled the special commercial flight scheduled for April 6.  This is not due to a lack of passenger interest, or due to any problems with landing permissions in Bujumbura.  We are continuing to explore …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:    Updated contact information for Ethiopian Airlines flight on Monday, April 6 Ethiopian Airlines is scheduling a special commercial flight departing on Monday, April 6 from Bujumbura to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD), with a connection available to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  From Dulles International Airport, additional connections to other major U.S. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi (April 3, 2020) Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:   Ethiopian Airlines Flight Monday, April 6  Ethiopian Airlines is scheduling a special commercial flight departing on Monday, April 6 from Bujumbura to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD), with a connection available to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  From Dulles International …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi Event:   Ethiopian Airlines Flight Monday, April 6 Ethiopian Airlines is scheduling a special commercial flight departing on Monday, April 6 from Bujumbura to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport/ADD), with a connection available to Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport/IAD).  From Dulles International Airport, additional connections to other major U.S. airports may be available …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting on April 3, 2019

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting on April 3, 2019  April 1, 2020 U.S. citizens, their spouses, and children are invited to a virtual Town Hall Meeting for the U.S. citizen community on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The virtual Town Hall will be …

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Health Alert

Location:  Bujumbura, Burundi Event: On Wednesday, March 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a  Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice . On Saturday, March 14, the Department of State  authorized , from any diplomatic or consular post in the world, the departure of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome …

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Health Alert

Note:  This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP. We will be sure to highlight any new information from previous emails. Location:  Bujumbura, Burundi Event:On Wednesday, March 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a  Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice . On Saturday, March 14, the Department of State  authorized , from any …

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COVID-19 Information

The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. COVID-19 Information Updated July 6, 2020 Country-Specific Information: On Saturday, June 27, the Ministry of Public Health released a  communiqué  announcing 26 additional COVID-19 cases. Which brings the COVID-19 number of cases confirmed by the …

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Health Alert

Location:  Bujumbura, Burundi Event: On Wednesday, March 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a  Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice . On Saturday, March 14, the Department of State  authorized , from any diplomatic or consular post in the world, the departure of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome …

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Health Alert

Location:  Bujumbura, Burundi Event: On Wednesday, March 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a  Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice . On Saturday, March 14, the Department of State  authorized , from any diplomatic or consular post in the world, the departure of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

March 15, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Reduction in Routine Consular Services

  United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Reduction in Routine Consular Services   March 14, 2020   The Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Burundi that owing to a staffing shortage, we will be unable to provide routine consular services for the foreseeable future. Emergency services to …

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Security Alert

Location: Burundi, countrywide Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay …

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Security Alert

Location:  Bubanza and Cibitoke Provinces, and Kibira National Park Event:  Due to reports of violence in and around the Kibira National Park, U.S. embassy personnel are no longer permitted to travel to or through the provinces of Bubanza and Cibitoke, or within the Kibira National Park, including the park’s southernmost part in Muramvya province.  Embassy …

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Routine Message

Location:  Bujumbura Event:  Earlier today the Major of Bujumbura issued an announcement via national radio and television that all bars are to close at 9:00 p.m. This early closure may remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi During business hours: +257 22 20 7000 After hours: +257 22 20 7318 …

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Security Alert

Location: Near Kibira National Park forest in Bubanza province Event:  Over the past two days there have been press reports of an armed clash that occurred on October 22 in and/or near Kibira National Park forest in Bubanza province that resulted in injuries and deaths. The U.S. Embassy has no information about any specific threat related …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi August 14, 2019

Location: Bujumbura, from the CNDD-FDD headquarters to Place de l ’Indépendance Event:  A planned march will be held in downtown Bujumbura on Saturday, August 17 in celebration of Imbonerakure Day. The march is expected to start around 9:00 a.m. at the CNDD-FDD headquarters off of Route-1 and end at Place de l’Indépendance at approximately noon.  The …

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Burundi – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Burundi – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to Burundi due to crime and political violence. Violent crimes, such as grenade attacks and armed robbery, occur regularly.  Though westerners are unlikely to be specifically targeted, the risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time is high.  Local police lack the resources and …

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Major Event Alert – U.S. Embassy Bujumbura – Burundi

June 28, 2018 Location: Bujumbura Marie: Boulevard du 28 Novembre and downtown Event:  The Government of Burundi is planning celebratory events in Bujumbura on July 2, which will likely be declared a national holiday.  The exact details of the celebration activities have yet to be announced, but the Embassy expects a large parade to take …

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Major Event Alert – U.S. Embassy Bujumbura – Burundi

May 16, 2018 Location: Throughout Burundi. Event: Burundi will hold a referendum on May 17, 2018, to consider constitutional amendments proposed by the Government of Burundi. Widespread violence and/or unrest is not currently anticipated during the referendum period, but gatherings in support of and against the referendum and its results may occur. Actions to Take: …

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United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Peaceful Protests Tomorrow, September 30, 2017

The Embassy has received information that protests are being planned for tomorrow, September 30, 2017, in Bujumbura and throughout Burundi.  In Bujumbura, participants will likely assemble and move towards Centre-Ville, with possible stops at U.N. facilities in town.  The event is expected to cause traffic disruptions and/or road closures lasting until mid-day. This event is …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Armed Clashes in Uvira (DRC) – September 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that armed clashes are occurring near Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  There are no reports of fighting in Burundi, but the Embassy has received multiple reports that explosions and gunfire occurring in the DRC have been heard in Bujumbura. Faint gunfire or explosions …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza on July 16, 2017

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza July 16, 2017   Burundian police have confirmed a grenade attack took place this evening in the Centre-ville Bujumbura neighborhood of Bwiza. The incident has concluded and police have the situation under control, although injuries were reported. The U.S. Embassy recommends …

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