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 that the U.S. Embassy was not involved in arranging this flight. The Embassy will continue to attempt to inform you of flight options that becomes available, but cannot guarantee the reliability of information or scheduling for sources not under our control

If your U.S. passport has expired, or will be expiring in the next 90 days, please schedule an emergency passport appointment with the consular section at

The U.S. Embassy is not planning any additional special humanitarian flights at this time. The Embassy strongly encourages American citizens in Burundi who wish to return to United States in the near future travel via other opportunities as soon as possible.  Otherwise, they should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  It is unclear when Burundi’s international airport will resume normal operations, or when other flights may be scheduled.  The Department of State cannot guarantee that there will be future flight options.

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