Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bujumbura on April 11 and April 12, 2015 (April 10, 2015)

Friday, April 10, 2015

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

Political Rallies

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens residing in Bujumbura that political rallies are scheduled in Bujumbura during the weekend of Saturday, April 11 and Sunday April 12, 2015.  The rallies reportedly include a march from the CNDD-FDD political party’s headquarters near the “UN Circle” to the soccer field area at the crossroads of Avenue de la Plage and Rue de 13 Octobre, near Cercle Nautique and Musée Vivant.  U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations.

Although recent demonstrations and protests in Bujumbura have been largely peaceful, it is important to remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. It is recommended that you avoid areas of planned demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. If you find yourself near such an event, leave the area.  If it is not safe to do so, maintain a low profile until you are able to relocate.

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura strongly recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burundi enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings including the Travel Warning for Burundi, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Burundi. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura is located on the corner of Avenue des Etats-Unis and Avenue du Cinquantenaire, and is open from 7:30 to 17:15 Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 12:30 on Friday. The telephone number is +257-22-20-7000. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +257-22-20-7318, or +257-79-93-88-41.