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 day of the election and the preceding days.  There is an increased potential for crowds in the area of the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) located near Gare Central in downtown Kinshasa, near the U.S. Embassy location.

  • Keep a low profile and notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Review the country page  and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.