The government of the Republic of Congo has announced that a referendum on a proposed new constitution will be held on October 25. The campaign will run October 9 through October 23, during which time rallies will be organized by political parties throughout the country. Spontaneous demonstrations are also possible. The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security. Remain aware of your surroundings and local events by monitoring international and national media outlets for updates. Take all appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, including avoiding areas of demonstrations and exercising caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
- 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 Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassu Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-200, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday – Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
- 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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The Government of the Republic of Congo has announced a referendum on the constitution to be held October 25, with the official campaign starting October 9th. There will be rallies organized by political parties during this timeframe throughout the country. Spontaneous demonstrations are also possible. Remain highly vigilant about personal security. The Consular section can be reached via e-mail at BrazzavilleACS@state.gov, during the day at (+242) 06 612-2000, and after-hours at (+242) 06 612-2010.