Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Soccer Games

A televised soccer match is scheduled tonight between the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, starting at 8 p.m. There is also a televised game scheduled for Saturday January 24 at 7 p.m. Congo has experienced some violent reactions after games in the past. U.S. citizens should be aware of their surroundings and avoid crowds as they can become confrontational and quickly escalate into violence.

All U.S. citizens in the Republic of Congo are urged to register online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within the Congo and makes it easier for the embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

You can stay in touch and get embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in The Republic of the Congo. Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find the current Worldwide Caution,Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Country Specific Information.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located on Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso across from the Blanche Gomez Maternity Hospital. The Consular Section is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:00 12:00 p.m. The Consular section can be reached via e-mail, and our daytime telephone number is (+242) 06 612-2000. For after-hours emergencies, call (+242) 06 612-2010.