Warning: Central African Republic
released April 19, 2005, this information is current as of
Thursday, June 02, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.
This Travel Warning is being issued to inform American citizens
that although an American officer is now posted at the U.S. Embassy
in Bangui, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens
against travel to the Central African Republic (CAR). This Travel
Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Central African Republic
issued October 29, 2004.
In March 2003, rebel forces that had been operating in the countryside
outside Bangui took over the capital and seized power from the
government of the CAR. The leader of the rebel group declared himself
the President of CAR and remains in power. Although the country
held peaceful elections in March 2005, the situation remains fluid
and U.S. citizens who remain in the CAR despite this Travel Warning
are urged to exercise caution at public gatherings. Furthermore,
there continue to be reports of armed robberies along roads outside
of the capital.
In November 2002, the U.S. Embassy in Bangui suspended operations.
In early 2005, limited American staff returned to the Embassy,
although dependent minors of American Embassy staff have not been
allowed to return. Because there is currently no consular officer
posted in Bangui, the Embassy can provide only limited emergency
services to U.S. citizens.
in the CAR are strongly advised to register their presence in
by using the State Department’s travel
registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. Americans
without Internet access, who are already in the CAR, may register
directly with the U.S. Embassy in Bangui. By registering, American
citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case
of emergency. The U.S. Embassy in the CAR is located at Avenue
David Dacko, B.P. 924, Bangui; tel. (236) 61-02-00; fax (236) 61-44-94.
For additional information on safety and security in the CAR, contact
the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon at
telephone (237) 223-4014, (237) 223-0512, or 223-0581; fax (237)
223-0753. Americans may also obtain updated information from the
American Embassy in N'djamena, Chad at telephone (235) 51-70-09,
51-92-33 or 51-90-52; fax (235) 51-56-54.
U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's most
recent Consular Information Sheet for Central African Republic,
and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are located
on the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.
Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained
by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers
outside the U.S. and Canada, 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).
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