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 up for U.S. Embassy Kinshasa notifications at

If you have an appointment for a visa interview on Friday, we will contact you directly to reschedule your appointment. We regret the inconvenience.

Actions to Take:

  • U.S. citizens in Kinshasa and throughout the DRC are strongly encouraged to maintain a heightened level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile and notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Review the country page and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.


  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information for the DRC.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, the Consular Section at tel. +243-097-261-6144 or +243-097-261-6145 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad) from Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 081-556-0151.
  • 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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