July 13, 2010
On July 6, the Somali group al-Shabaab publicly issued specific threats against the Governments of Uganda and Burundi and then claimed responsibility for detonating bombs in Uganda over the weekend. Al-shabaab maintains that it considers Burundi its enemy. While the U.S. Embassy is not changing its security posture, we would like to take this opportunity to urge U.S. citizens to review the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Burundi as well as the Worldwide Caution in effect.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling 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).
The U.S. Embassy in Burundi also encourages U.S. citizens to register or update their information at Department of State's Travel Registration website. Please note that it is important during registration 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 États-Unis. The phone number is (257) 22-20-70-00, fax (257) 22-22-29-26, and email BujumburaC@state.gov. For emergencies after regular business hours please call (257) 79-93-88-41.
**WARDENS PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE TO AMERICANS IN YOUR ZONES WHO MAY NOT HAVE E-MAIL**