Following the constitutional referendum held by the Government of the Republic of Congo on October 25, political gatherings and spontaneous demonstrations are still possible in the coming days and weeks. With both text messaging and internet services remaining unreliable, the U.S. Embassy urges 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. Remember, 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 +242-06-612-2000, 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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