Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Crime (December 24, 2015)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura would like to inform U.S. citizens that historically there has been an increase in criminal activity, especially robbery and theft, during the holiday season. U.S. citizens in Burundi should remain cautious during this period and consider the following security practices:

  • If you are the victim of a robbery, do not fight back. Seek assistance from police if they are nearby. Report crimes to the local police and contact the U.S. Embassy. Remember local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
  • Stay informed. Follow the news and social media. Know the location of police activity, large gatherings, or road closures ahead of time.
  • Avoid large public gatherings, especially those with large numbers of westerners and/or no visible security presence.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times; ensure that emergency numbers are programmed into your phone.

U.S. citizens remaining in Burundi should review the Burundi Travel Warning issued on December 13 as well as their personal security situation and seriously consider departing, taking advantage of commercial flights.

Please contact us at if you need assistance departing Burundi so that we may assess potential options for assisting you.

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