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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
 
July 22, 2011

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

This Emergency Message is to alert all U.S. citizens living in or visiting Burundi to heightened security concerns in the Muyinga region.  Due to night time attacks by armed groups against the Burundian security forces and acts of banditry, Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid lodging overnight in Muyinga.  No additional restrictions on daylight travel to Muyinga have been added.  The Embassy recommends that you take precautions to avoid this region after dark to mitigate this increased security risk.  When travelling outside of the 30 kilometer radius of Bujumbura, Embassy personnel are required to get approval from the Embassy's Regional Security Officer, and travel in two-vehicle convoys equipped with satellite phones and emergency equipment. 

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bujumbura 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 Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  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 from other countries 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).  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 on U.S. and Burundian holidays.  For emergencies after regular business hours, please call (257) 79-93-88-41.