Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Burundi Travel Warning Reminder (August 9, 2016)

August 9, 2016

The U.S. Embassy continues to warn U.S. citizens of political violence persisting throughout Burundi in the aftermath of the country’s contested elections. Travel in Burundi presents significant risks, especially after nightfall. U.S. Embassy personnel travel in Burundi is limited and monitored. The U.S. Embassy advises citizens to review the Travel Warning issued on March 11, 2016.

Demonstrations, gatherings, and even sporting events that are intended to be peaceful can turn violent without advance warning. U.S. citizens should routinely monitor local media sources and the internet for reports of demonstrations and unrest, and avoid political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind.

For more information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Burundi.
  • 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 Bujumbura, located at Avenue des Etats-Unis and Avenue du Cinquantenaire in Bujumbura, Burundi, at+257-22-20-7000 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +257-22-20-7318, or +257-79-938-841.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 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).
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