Security Alert: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 27 December 2023

Location: CENI Headquarters, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is aware of a planned political demonstration on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 beginning on Boulevard Triomphal and ending at the Commission Electorale Nationale Independante (CENI) headquarters on Boulevard du 30 juin near the Gare Centrale and U.S. Embassy.

U.S. Citizens in Kinshasa should expect to see an increased police presence, crowds, and heavy traffic around CENI headquarters.  Increased police presence and checkpoints are also likely at other key locations and intersections in Kinshasa.

Actions to Take:

  • U.S. citizens are reminded that demonstrations have the potential to turn violent with little to no warning, and they are advised to avoid large gatherings, protests, and affected areas.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Keep a low profile.


U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, Kinshasa/Gombe, +243 81-556-0151/0152 or +243-972-616-193 (after hours and weekends).

U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

Democratic Republic of Congo Country Information

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