COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  10/14/20 Country-Specific Information: The DRC is open for routine business with few restrictions. Airports, ports, and borders are open.  Masks are required in public spaces.  There are reports of police enforcing this requirement in Kinshasa. Entry and Exit Requirements: Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or serology) required for entry? Yes Are health …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (23 October 2020)   Location: Kinshasa, DRC   Event: President Tshisekedi is expected to deliver a speech on Friday October 23 to make a major announcement.  Political developments like these have caused demonstrations in the past.  U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise heightened …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Palais du People, Boulevard Triomphal, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding area. Event: An official government event is planned for 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 21.  High level government attendance, a large police presence, and heavy traffic conditions are expected. Actions to Take: Avoid the area or exercise caution if you …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Avenue du 24 Novembre and Avenue des Citronniers, Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: There are reports of gunshots in the area.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area. Actions to Take: Avoid the area. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media for updates. Be aware of your surroundings. …

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Demonstration Alert for October 14, 2020: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: A demonstration march is planned from Place Pascal, Commune of Masina through Boulevards Lubumba/Sendwe/Triomphal, to Place Triomphale and Avenue de L’Enseignment, Commune of Kasavuba, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Event: There is a planned demonstration march for Wednesday October 14 starting at 08:00 a.m. and ending at 17:00 in commune of Kasavuba.  U.S. government …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Huillerie/Itage area of Gombe at the intersection of Huillerie and Ave de L’Hospital, Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: There is an ongoing demonstration.  Police blocked the route around Huillerie and Camp Lufungala.  There are reports of gunshots and tear gas.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area, including …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Embassy of Rwanda (3642 Blvd Du 30 Juin) near intersection of Ave Lukusa and Ave Kolwezi, Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: There is an ongoing demonstration near the Rwandan Embassy.  Police are responding and there are reports of tear gas used.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area, …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Department of State adjusted the Travel Advisory for the DRC from Level 4 (Do Not Travel) to Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) on August 24, 2020. Read the updated Travel Advisory below and at Travel.State.Gov . Reconsider travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19, crime, and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Blvd Triomphal, by Palais du Peuple and Stade des Martyrs, Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: There is a planned demonstration starting at 12:00 noon.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area.  Even protest activity that starts peaceful can become confrontational quickly. Actions to Take: Avoid the area on Boulevard Triomphal. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: COVID-19 Update & DRC Entry / Exit Requirements State of Emergency in DRC The government of the DRC relaxed the health-related State of Emergency that was put in place March 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Shops, banks, restaurants, bars, public transport, schools, universities, and places of worship are …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Avenue Roi Beaudouin near Ministry of Interior, Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: There is an active demonstration near the Ministry of Interior building in Gombe, Kinshasa.  Protestors are burning tires and obstructing traffic. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the Ministry of Interior in Kinshasa. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: COVID-19 Update & DRC Entry / Exit Requirements State of Emergency in DRC The government of the DRC is slowly relaxing the health-related State of Emergency that was put in place March 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Shops, banks, restaurants, bars, and public transport reopened.  Schools and …

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Travel Advisory: Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 4: Do Not Travel

August 7, 2020 The Department of State reissued country-specific Travel Advisories with updated COVID-19 information.  Visit Travel.State.Gov to see the DRC Travel Advisory and more travel information. Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 4: Do Not Travel C T U H K O Do not travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo due to COVID-19. Reconsider travel to …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: There is an active fire at the UNICEF warehouse at the UtexAfrica compound in Gombe, Kinshasa.  Increased traffic and emergency response vehicles are in the area.  There is a large amount of smoke from the fire. Actions to Take: Avoid the UtexAfrica compound and surrounding area. Stay …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: COVID-19 Update & Status of Health-Related State of Emergency for DRC State of Emergency in DRC: The government of the DRC is slowly relaxing the health-related State of Emergency that was put in place March 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Shops, banks, restaurants, bars, and public transport …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place July 23 beginning as early as 07:00 am at the intersection of Boulevards Lumumba and Sendwe in the commune of Kasa-Vubu.  Demonstration activity may not be limited to this area.  Previous protests resulted in clashes between security forces and protesters. U.S. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: Lifting of Health-Related State of Emergency for DRC The government of the DRC announced it will slowly relax the health-related State of Emergency that was put in place March 24 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Wednesday, July 22, all shops, banks, restaurants, and bars are allowed to reopen, …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (July 19, 2020) Location: Kinshasa, DRC Event: Planned Protest March in Kinshasa on July 19   Please take caution, there are reports of planned protest march starting Sunday morning (July 19).  The protest march may start at the Marché de la Liberté in the commune of Masina, proceed on Boulevard Lumumba, …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (July 12, 2020) Location: Kinshasa, DRC Event: Planned Protest March in Kinshasa on July 13 Please take caution, there are reports of planned protest activity starting Monday morning (July 13) at Pont Matete on Boulevard Lumumba, and possibly other locations, and convening at the People’s Palace (Palais du Peuple) located …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (July 9, 2020) Location: Kinshasa, DRC Event: Planned Protest March in Kinshasa   Pleased be advised, there are reports of a planned protest march starting at several different locations in Kinshasa this morning (July 9) and convening at the People’s Palace (Palais du Peuple) located on Boulevard Triomphal. Starting points …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flights July 10 & July 11 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

(July 6, 2020) Location:  Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC  Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing July 10 and July 11 from Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first come, first served.  These …

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Health Alert: Flight on July 5th – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location:  Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC: July 5th U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of an upcoming flight departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first come, first served.  These flights are NOT organized by U.S. …

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Health Alert: Flights July 1, 3 & 5 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location:  Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC July 1, 3 & 5 U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first-come, first-served.  These flights are NOT organized by U.S. …

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Health Alert: Flights June 27 & July 1 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Health Alert: Flights June 27 & July 1 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa (June 26, 2020) Location:  Goma, Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma, Lubumbashi & Kinshasa, DRC June 27 and July 1 U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (June 24, 2020) Location: Limete, Kinshasa, DRC Event: Ongoing confrontation between protesters and police in Limete, Kinshasa   Please be advised, there are reports of gunshots and Wewa motorcycle protests at or near Limete 10th Street. Additional protest activity may take place near the Parliament (Palais du People) near Boulevard Triomphal …

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Health Alert: Flights June 25 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location:  Goma and Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma & Kinshasa (June 25) U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first come, first served.  These flights are NOT organized by U.S. Embassy Kinshasa.  There …

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Health Alert: Flights June 16 & 20 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location: Goma, Lubumbashi, and Kinshasa, DRC Event: Upcoming Flights Departing from Lubumbashi & Kinshasa (June 16 & 20) U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of two upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first come, first served.  These flights are NOT …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Zando Market, Kinshasa, DRC Event: Ongoing confrontation between protesters and police at Zando Market, Kinshasa Please be advised, there is an ongoing confrontation between protesters and police at the Zando Market near Bokasa and Kasavubu Avenues near Centre Medical D’urgence (CPU) in Kinshasa.  There are multiple reported casualties.  U.S. government personnel are advised to …

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Health Alert: Flights June 11 & 16 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location:  Goma, Lubumbashi, and Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma (June 11) and Lubumbashi & Kinshasa (June 16) U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of three upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first come, first served.  These flights …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flights June 6, 11, & 16 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Goma, Lubumbashi, and Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Lubumbashi & Kinshasa (June 6 & June 16) and Goma (June 11) U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of three upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Book seats directly with the travel agency listed.  Tickets are first come, …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flights on June 6, 11, & 16 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Health Alert: Upcoming Flights on June 6, 11, & 16 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (June 4, 2020) Location:  Goma, Lubumbashi, and Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Lubumbashi & Kinshasa (June 6 & June 16) and Goma (June 11) U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of three upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flight June 6 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Health Alert: Upcoming Flight June 6 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (June 1, 2020) Location:  Lubumbashi and Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flight Departing from Lubumbashi and Kinshasa on June 6 U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of an upcoming flight departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). June 6: Lubumbashi and Kinshasa to Addis …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flight June 6 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location:  Goma, Kinshasa, and Lubumbashi, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flight Departing from Lubumbashi and Kinshasa on June 6 U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of an upcoming flight departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). June 6: Lubumbashi and Kinshasa to Addis Ababa with connections available in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Washington, D.C.  Organized …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flights on May 30 and June 6 – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location:  Goma, Kinshasa, and Lubumbashi, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma and Kinshasa (May 30) and Lubumbashi and Kinshasa (June 6) U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of two upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs.) May 30: Goma and Kinshasa to Addis Ababa with connections available in Addis …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flight – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (May 20, 2020) Location: Goma and Kinshasa, DRC Event:  Upcoming Flight Departing from Goma and Kinshasa on May 30 U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of an upcoming flight departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). May 30: Goma and Kinshasa to Addis Ababa with connections available in …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Flights – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Health Alert: Upcoming Flights – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (May 22, 2020) Location:  Goma, Kinshasa, and (tentative) Lubumbashi DRC Event:  Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma and Kinshasa U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of two upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). May 26: Goma and Kinshasa to Addis Ababa (organized by …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Goma and Kinshasa, DRC Event: Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma and Kinshasa U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of two upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). May 26: Goma and Kinshasa to Addis Ababa (organized by Jeffery Travel and Miles Travel) May 30: Goma, Kinshasa, and (tentative) …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Goma and Kinshasa, DRC Event: Upcoming Flights Departing from Goma and Kinshasa U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is aware of two upcoming flights departing DRC that can accommodate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). May 26: Goma and Kinshasa to Addis Ababa (organized by Jeffery Travel and Miles Travel) May 30: Goma and Kinshasa to Addis …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (May 12, 2020)  Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)   Event: COVID-19 Update As of May 12, the DRC has recorded 1102 cases of COVID-19. The government of DRC extended the state of emergency through May 23 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The confinement order for …

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Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: COVID-19 Update As of May 6, the DRC has recorded 863 cases of COVID-19, including 36 deaths. The government of Kinshasa relaxed the confinement order for the Gombe neighborhood of Kinshasa that was put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some businesses in Gombe providing essential …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC (April 24, 2020) Location: Ma Campagne, Ngaliema, Kinshasa, DRC Event: Police Operation in Ma Campagne Neighborhood, Ngaliema, Kinshasa DRC Police (PNC) are conducting an operation on April 24, 2020 in the Ma Campagne neighborhood of Ngaliema in Kinshasa.  This area is located approximately 10km southwest of the U.S. Embassy.  PNC …

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Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: Confinement Order for Gombe, Kinshasa The government of Kinshasa will slowly relax the confinement order for the Gombe neighborhood of Kinshasa that was put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Wednesday, April 22, businesses in Gombe providing essential goods and services may re-open to allow for people …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: New Departure Options – April 21 from Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, April 24 from Goma NOTE: The next Kinshasa flight is April 21, not April 22 as stated earlier. The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will regularly update its COVID-19 Information webpage with information about flights departing DRC.  Please check regularly for information and updates:  https://cd.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ FROM …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (April 15, 2020) Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: New Departure Options – April 21 from Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, April 17 – 21 from Goma The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will regularly update its COVID-19 Information webpage with information about flights departing DRC.  Please check regularly for information and updates:  https://cd.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ FROM …

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Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (April 13, 2020) Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Departure Options & Reduced ACS Service During 14-Day Confinement Order The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will regularly update its COVID-19 Information webpage with information about flights departing DRC. Please check regularly for information and updates:  https://cd.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ If you are interested in …

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Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (April 8, 2020) Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Assistance to return home & 14-day Confinement Orders for Gombe, Kinshasa and Goma The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is assisting U.S. citizens in DRC with all options to return home to the United States.  We advise all U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

April 5, 2020 Location: Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: 14-day Confinement Orders for Gombe, Kinshasa and Goma Starting April 6 KINSHASA: The government of Kinshasa has ordered that the Gombe neighborhood of Kinshasa be under a 14-day confinement from April 6 to April 20 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  It is possible the confinement …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Special Commercial Flight to Washington, D.C. April 9 All U.S. citizens who want to depart the DRC are strongly encouraged to take the special commercial flight from Kinshasa to Washington, D.C. on April 9 arranged by the U.S. Embassy for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents.  There are …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Gombe, Kinshasa Confinement Order April 6 to 20 The government of Kinshasa has ordered that the Gombe neighborhood of Kinshasa be under a 14-day confinement from April 6 to April 20 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  There are a number of exceptions to the confinement order and approved …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Event: Special Commercial Flight to Washington, D.C. April 9 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa arranged a special commercial flight from Kinshasa to Washington, D.C. on April 9 for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents.  Tickets will cost approximately $2,000 and must be purchased quickly.  Ground transportation from residences/hotels will …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Special Commercial Flight to the United States Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new enrollees in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.)  The Embassy uses both  KinshasaUSCitizen@state.gov  and  ACSKinshasa@state.gov  to send messages.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is exploring all options to assist U.S. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Special Commercial Flight to the United States Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new enrollees in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.)  The Embassy uses both KinshasaUSCitizen@state.gov and ACSKinshasa@state.gov to send messages.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is exploring all options to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Prepare for Upcoming Kinshasa Confinement Restrictions The City of Kinshasa has reportedly postponed the period of intermittent total confinement of all residents that was to start Saturday March 28.  However; the restrictions may begin in the coming days.  There is a possibility that the new confinement measures will be 14 …

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Health Alert U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Kinshasa Confinement Restrictions Postponed; Caution Urged The City of Kinshasa has reportedly postponed the period of intermittent total confinement of all residents that was to start Saturday March 28.  There are no known checkpoints and traffic appears to be circulating.  Conditions and restrictions may change quickly and without much advance …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Kinshasa Confinement Restrictions to Begin Saturday March 28 The City of Kinshasa is expected to announce an intermittent total confinement of all residents starting Saturday March 28.  It will be a rotation of four days of confinement then two days when people are allowed to move about and re-stock supplies.  This …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: Requesting Assistance to Depart DRC The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in DRC.  We are compiling a list of U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents seeking to leave DRC.  If you would be interested in options to leave,  please visit our  website on COVID-19  and send the below …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (March 25, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (March 25, 2020) Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: DRC Presidential Decree of State of Emergency The government of the DRC has declared a State of Emergency effective March 24 to limit the spread of COVID-19.  All domestic passenger flights between Kinshasa and the provinces are suspended.  The suspension …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: DRC Presidential Decree of State of Emergency The government of the DRC has declared a State of Emergency effective March 24 to limit the spread of COVID-19.  All domestic passenger flights between Kinshasa and the provinces are suspended.  The suspension of international passenger flights remains in effect.  All road and river transport …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event: U.S. Citizens Requesting Assistance to Depart the DRC The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in DRC.  All international passenger flights are suspended until at least April 3.  Domestic DRC flights are still going at this time but may be stopped with little …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa (March 21, 2020) Location:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event:  The DRC Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the DRC. The government of DRC has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  All international passenger flights are suspended until at least April 3.  Domestic DRC flights are still going at this time but …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event:  The DRC Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the DRC. The government of the DRC has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools and universities are closed until April 17, sporting events in stadiums and gyms are suspended, gatherings and celebrations larger than 20 people …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. The DRC Ministry of Health confirmed the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (February 26, 2020)

Location:  Worldwide, originating in China Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Visitors to the DRC will undergo a health screening upon arrival at the airport or other ports of entry, and may be subject to additional screening and laboratory testing if they …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (07 February 2020)

Location: Limete Event: The U.S. Embassy has received several reports that members of Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) are protesting in Limete, in the vicinity of Boulevard Lumumba.  The highest concentration of activity is occurring between 7e Rue and 12e Rue. Protestors are intentionally slowing traffic along Blvd Lumumba, throwing rocks at vehicles, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (07 January 2020)

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (20 December 2019)

Location: Kinshasa city roads, notably 30 June Boulevard, 24 November Boulevard, and Lumumba Boulevard. Event: City-wide road construction and closures hinder movement and cause security concerns for vehicle drivers and passengers.  The Embassy has seen an increase in traffic accidents and security events involving crowds and hostile commuters harassing drivers and damaging cars.  Additionally, heavy …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (26 November 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (26 November 2019) Location: Goma, Beni and Butembo Event: Demonstrations are ongoing in the cities of Goma, Beni and Butembo.  Some roads are blocked by protesters and crowds have gathered at MONUSCO locations.  Police and security forces are deployed in the cities and have …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (September 5, 2019)

Location:  Congo’s Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu Provinces Event:  To control the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) authorities continue to establish health check points throughout the Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu Provinces, including in the cities of Goma, Beni, and Butembo and in Virunga National Park.  New checkpoints may be created with little notice. You may …

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Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (6/28/2019)

Location:   DRC- Countrywide Event:  Protests are possible across the country on June 30, DRC’s Independence Day. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations Monitor local media for updates. Be aware of your surroundings. Assistance:  U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (243) 97 261 6144 or (243) 97 261 6145 ACSKinshasa@state.gov https://cd.usembassy.gov/ State Department – Consular …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (May 29, 2019)

Location:  Kinshasa Event: On Thursday, May 30, the remains of Mr. Etienne Tshisekedi is scheduled to arrive at Ndjili Airport at 8am in preparation for his funeral and burial. Due to the expectation of heavy crowds throughout the city the Embassy will close at 12:30pm.  Additionally, if an official holiday is declared by the DRC government, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (April 26, 2019)

Location:  Kinshasa Event:  Former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu plans to hold a rally shortly after his arrival on Sunday April 28th, at approximately 10:00am.  The reported location of the rally is Ndjili Sainte Therese.  While the rally is slated to begin around 10:00am, crowds and participants may start gathering much earlier. Actions to Take: Avoid …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (March 16, 2019)

Location:  Kinshasa Event:  Please be advised that there are protestors demonstrating in the Gombe and Limete areas.  There are multiple groups marching throughout the city to include on Boulevard 30 June.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area of Boulevard 30 June at this time.  Casualties have been reported.  U.S. Embassy Kinshasa personnel have been directed to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (February 15, 2019)

Location:  North Kivu and Ituri Provinces Event:  On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province. Since then, a significant number of both confirmed and probable cases have been reported in nine health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (December 3, 2018)

Location:  Kinshasa  Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa has been working closely with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to address a terrorist threat against U.S. government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will re-open to the public on Tuesday, December 4.  All consular services will be by appointment only.  Actions …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Location:  Kinshasa  Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is working closely with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to address a terrorist threat against USG facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will be closed to the public on Monday, December 3.  Actions to Take: ·        Maintain a heightened level of vigilance and …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 29, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Friday November 30th.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency services can call 081-556-0151.  For future updates please sign …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 29, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa. The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Friday November 30th. U.S. citizens in need of emergency services can call 081-556-0151. For future updates please sign …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 28, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Thursday November 29th.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency services can call 081-556-0151.  For future updates please sign …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 28, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Thursday November 29th.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency services can call 081-556-0151.  For future updates please sign …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens:  November 27, 2018

Location: Kinshasa  Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Wednesday November 28th.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency services can call 081-556-0151.  For future updates please sign …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 26, 2018

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 26, 2018 Location: Kinshasa Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa. The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Tuesday November 27th. U.S. citizens in need of emergency services …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: November 24, 2018

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens:  November 24, 2018 Location: Kinshasa Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has received credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  In response, the U.S. Mission will be closed to the public and only staffing minimal employees on Monday, November 26, 2018. …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Kinshasa Event: Please be aware that national elections are scheduled for Sunday, December 23, 2018.  Until now, political rallies and crowds have remained mostly peaceful and relatively small, however, the potential for unrest is heightened for the coming weeks.  Unrest could occur on short notice. Actions to Take: Avoid large crowds and demonstrations on the …

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U.S. Citizen Open House

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is pleased to inform U.S. citizens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and particularly in Lubumbashi of our upcoming U.S. Citizen Open House Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Place: Centre Arrupe pour la Recherche et la Formation 128, …

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Upcoming Event Alert for U.S. Citizens:  October 25, 2018

Upcoming Event Alert for U.S. Citizens:  October 25, 2018 Location: Kinshasa Event: On Friday, October 26, a political march is expected to take place in Kinshasa, organized by opposition groups.  The march will begin at roughly 1000 at Echangeur de Limite.  The group will march to CENI, via Boulevard Lumumba, Boulevard Sendwe, Boulevard Triumphal, Avenue …

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Security Alert–U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 17, 2018)

Location:  DRC, country wide Event:  As attacks, civil unrest, and other security incidents, including those criminal in nature, often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens in the DRC are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness. Actions to Take: Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, …

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Travel Advisory for U.S. Citizens: September 19, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical …

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Update on the Response to the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Location: Mangina area, North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the North Eastern part Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  Event: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa is monitoring a new outbreak of Ebola virus that has been announced by the Ministry of Health of Democratic Republic of Congo. The current Ebola outbreak area includes the Mangina area, North Kivu and Ituri provinces …

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Upcoming Event Alert for U.S. Citizens- U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location: Kinshasa Event: Please be aware that August 8 is the deadline for candidates to register for presidential elections.  The Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) is located near Gare Central, near the U.S. Embassy location.  Thus far political supporters have had only minimal impact on traffic flow in the area.  Crowds have remained peaceful and relatively small, however, the …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location:  Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu Event:The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Province of North Kivu.  As of August 1, the DRC Ministry of Health reported four confirmed cases of Ebola virus in an area approximately 30 Km west of Beni in North Kivu. Ebola is one of the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 15, 2018

Location:  Goma Event: Embassy Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around Virunga National Park in Goma. On May 11, just north of Goma rebels attacked a convoy and killed a park ranger and kidnapped two tourists traveling within Virunga Park. Kidnappings in the Eastern Congo remain a serious concern, and are one of …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 10, 2018

Location:  Equateur Province Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that the DRC’s health minister and the World Health Organization reported 27 possible cases, which includes 17 deaths and 2 confirmed cases, of Ebola virus disease in the province of Equateur, 200 kilometers south of Mbandaka.  The Ebola Virus is one of the hemorrhagic …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 7, 2018

Location:  Goma Event: Embassy Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around the Karibu Hotel in Goma. On April 30, individuals armed with machetes attempted to enter and occupy Karibu Hotel property. Local security authorities dispersed the individuals and reported no injuries. Reports say that this incident may be associated with a land dispute …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 3: Reconsider travel

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: March 1, 2018 Location:  Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo – Level 3: Reconsider travel                  C U O Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The …

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Demonstration Alert: February 23, 2018

Location:  Kinshasa Event:The Catholic Lay Association and others have announced their intention to hold peaceful protests on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Kinshasa and in provincial cities.  Based on events on December 31, 2017 and January 21, 2018, it is possible that internet/SMS services could again be cut and that security forces could again respond …

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Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Location: Kinshasa

Event: Catholic leaders, opposition parties, and some Protestant leaders are calling for peaceful protests on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Kinshasa.  These calls have been endorsed by some opposition and civil society groups, with parishioners are being asked to march after Sunday morning mass from numerous churches in Kinshasa.  As with any planned political event, …

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Demonstration Alert : January 19, 2018

Location: Kinshasa Event: Catholic leaders, opposition parties, and some Protestant leaders are calling for peaceful protests on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Kinshasa.  These calls have been endorsed by some opposition and civil society groups, with parishioners are being asked to march after Sunday morning mass from numerous churches in Kinshasa.  As with any planned …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on December 31, 2017

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo December 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for demonstrations on Sunday, December 31, throughout Kinshasa and other cities.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place.  Even demonstrations intended to be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on December 19, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for protests on Tuesday, December 19, in Kinshasa and other cities.  U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements in general and for those in Kinshasa to limit their movements within Gombe on December 19. Even demonstrations intended …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on November 30, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for protests in Kinshasa and other cities on Thursday, November 30.  U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to within Gombe on November 30. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational or escalate into violence.  …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned March for November 30, 2017

  The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that some political parties have called for a peaceful protest march in Kinshasa on November 30, 2017.  While demonstrators may gather at various locations throughout the city, protest organizers from the political opposition have stated that participants would converge for a public meeting in the open terrain …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO  October 16, 2017  The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country.  Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Suspicious Object

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, U.S. Embassy security officials located a suspicious object on the grounds of a U.S. Mission residence.  Embassy security officials worked with local Congolese authorities to remove the object and investigate the incident.  There is no indication that there was any intent to target the US government or US Mission personnel. As …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests for August 21

The U.S. Embassy has learned that on August 15, the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) separatist group released a video calling for protests on Monday, August 21.  On August 7, protests led by the BDK resulted in violence and several fatalities in Kinshasa and other cities.  Nevertheless, it is unclear whether protests will materialize or turn …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gunfire Reported in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of gunfire in the following areas of Kinshasa: Bandal Ngiri-Ngiri Makal Matadi Road near Ngaliema Matete The exact nature of the incidents remains unconfirmed at this time, and contacts in multiple neighborhoods may be reporting the same incidents. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike in Kinshasa, August 8-9

The U.S. Embassy has learned that opposition groups have called for a general strike, or “Ville Morte,” in Kinshasa from August 8-9.  As with any planned political event, there may be disruptions to transportation and road blockages in and around Kinshasa.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. Even demonstrations …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Political Protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of planned political protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi on Monday, July 31.  As with any planned political event, disruptions to transportation may occur in these cities.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations …

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U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, D.R.C. – Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Checkpoints in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that numerous checkpoints have been observed throughout Kinshasa since the Makala Prison break.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the following guidance when approaching these checkpoints: Slow down when approaching checkpoints. Turn on your interior vehicle light at night. Stop your vehicle at the checkpoint as …

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