Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Attacks in the DRC

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa warns U.S. citizens of the dangers of traveling to Beni, located in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

In April 2014, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) publicly announced its intention to attack three DRC military installations in Beni.  The ADF may also be planning to conduct other criminal activities in the region with the possible intention of targeting westerners.

The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Beni and surrounding areas.  If travel is unavoidable, you should exercise increased caution.  All U.S. citizens are reminded of their personal responsibility for their own safety and security as well as that of their family members while traveling abroad.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa web site.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  If you don’t have internet access, you may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or on a regular toll line at 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).

If you are going to live in or travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling, U.S. citizens gain access to vital security information and enable the U.S. Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, tel. +243-081-225-5872 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad).  The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +243-081-884-6859 or +243-081-884-4609 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.