January 25, 2011
This Warden Message is to alert all U.S. citizens living in Burundi of heightened security concerns that regional terror groups, including the Somalia-based al-Shabaab, remain actively interested in attacking U.S. interests in Burundi. We are particularly concerned about the month of February.
In light of this threat, the U.S. Mission in Bujumbura cautions U.S. citizens to take the following measures:
- Be alert for suspicious activity
- Ask yourself "What would I do in case of an attack?" and be prepared to enact your plan.
- Avoid large public gatherings, especially those with large numbers of westerners and/or no visible security presence.
- Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
This alert updates previous warnings issued in the Warden Messages relating to the risk of transnational terrorism, and as the latest Department of State Worldwide Travel Warning dated November 4, 2010.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bujumbura web site (http://burundi.usembassy.gov/index.html). 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 Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1078.html). If you don't have internet access, we have a toll-free call center for updates -- 1-888-407-4747 -- in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. 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 Burundi, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which can be found on line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ ).
If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenue des Etats-Unis; the mailing address is B.P: 1720 Bujumbura Burundi. The phone number is (257) 22-20-70-00, fax (257) 22-22-29-26, and email BujumburaC@state.gov. U.S. Citizens Services hours are Mondays and Wednesday from 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Fridays from 09:00 a.m. until 10:30, except for U.S. and Burundian holidays. For emergencies after regular business hours, please call (257) 79-93-88-41.