Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Potential for Civil Unrest

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 2, 2017

The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens of the increased potential for civil unrest in Kinshasa due to the recent death of prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. U.S. citizens should avoid unnecessary travel to the neighborhood of Limeté and in the vicinity of the University of Kinshasa.

The date for repatriation of Etienne Tshisekedi’s remains from Belgium has not yet been determined. The U.S. Embassy will share information as it becomes available about the timing of the repatriation, funeral plans, and any additional security recommendations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for the DRC.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the Embassy in Kinshasa, located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, at +243-081-225-5872 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad); the Consular Section at tel. +243-081-884-6859 or +243-081-884-4609 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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