U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Civil Unrest

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of reports of civil unrest in Kinshasa in the areas of Barumbu (near Hotel Memling), Lemba and Limete. The Embassy has also received unconfirmed reports of unrest in the areas of Ave du Commerce, Ave Tomalbaye, Rue du Kasai, Kalamu, Ndjili Quatiere, Flambeau, Mabambare, Marche Central, Marche Somba Zigida, Ave L’Itaga/Kasavubu, UniKin and ISTA (by Ndolo). There is potential for continued unrest throughout the week including demonstrations and possible route blockages in certain areas around the city.  The Embassy advises U.S citizens to avoid travel around Kinshasa, especially outside of the Gombe area. U.S. citizens should be prepared to shelter in place should the situation deteriorate.

Embassy Kinshasa reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should review the  Travel Warning for the DRC and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor 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 U.S. 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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