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Security Message for U.S. Citizens - Embassy Closure August 5 to August 10

August 5, 2013

The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates to close for days not previously scheduled as holidays in the period Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August 10.  U.S. Embassy Bujumbura will be one of the embassies closed during this period.  These Embassies and Consulates will continue to provide emergency American citizen services.  As previously noted, the Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps.  The current list of Temporary Post Closures and the text of the World Wide Travel Alert can be found at www.travel.state.gov.

The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety considerations.  

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura strongly recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burundi enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Burundi, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Burundi at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1078.html. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within 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 at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smarttraveler/id442693988?mt=8 to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura is located on the corner of Avenue des Etats-Unis and Avenue du Cinquantenaire.  The telephone number is +257-22-20-7000.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +257-22-20-7318, or +257-79-93-88-41.