Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Protest in Kinshasa

A political demonstration is scheduled for April 24 to start between 9 and 10 a.m., beginning at Rond Point Victoire to Avenue Kasavubu to Boulevard 30 Juin to Gare Central to Avenue des Aviateurs (near the U.S. Embassy building), and ending at MONUSCO headquarters.  It is unclear what exactly will unfold, but a heavy police presence is expected.

As a precaution, avoid if possible the aforementioned areas and expect traffic delays.

As a reminder, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

We strongly recommend U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State  Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for the DRC.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, tel. +243-081-556-0151 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad).  The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +243-097-261-6144 or +243-097-261-6145 and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call 081-556-0151 and ask to speak with the duty officer.