There are reports of several civilian deaths and dozens of serious injuries in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire due to altercations between security forces and the public. The security situation remains unpredictable. Transportation may be difficult especially in the southern neighborhoods of Brazzaville. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security and to avoid areas with demonstrations, large gatherings, or transportation difficulties.
Since the announcement by the government of the Republic of Congo that a constitutional referendum would be held on October 25, rallies and demonstrations have occurred in several cities.
Please 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 that are expected 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 +242-06-612-2000, 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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