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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