Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (December 28, 2018)

Location:  DRC, countrywide

Event:  The government of the DRC has announced the closure of all land and maritime borders, exempting international airports, for the 24-hour period of the elections on December 30.  The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to depart the country and take advantage of departing commercial flights.  The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the DRC is severely limited.

 Actions to Take:

  • Depart the country.  Your departure plans should not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Ensure that your passport is current and that you have a valid visa for your onward destination.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety, and develop an alternate communication strategy.
  • Remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.