Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest/March Saturday, July 30, 2016 (July 29, 2016)

July 29, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura informs U.S. citizens that a protest march has been planned for tomorrowJuly 30, 2016, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Place d’Independance and moving to the French Embassy (Boulevard l’UPRONA). U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution in Centre-Ville.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further 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, by email at, or at +257-22-20-7000 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday throughThursday 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 throughFriday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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