Saturday, May 11, 2013

Central Africa Republic: US Department of State, Effective May 10, Urges Against All Travel

COMMENT: Effective May 10, the US Department of State urges all US citizens avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR). Those US citizens currently in CAR are urged to leave the country at the earliest opportunity.

The US Embassy in Bangui suspended operations in December 2012, and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to US citizens in CAR. The Government of the Republic of France, acting through its Embassy in Bangui, serves as Protecting Power for US interests in CAR. The range of consular services the French Republic provides to US citizens is extremely limited, and those services may require significantly more processing time than at US embassies or consulates outside of CAR. US citizens in CAR who seek consular services should contact the Embassy of the Republic of France in Bangui by calling 236 21 61 30 00.

For the complete text of the travel warning for CAR, see:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5954