Friday, June 14, 2013

Chad: Updated US Department of State Travel Warning, Effective June 11

COMMENT: Effective June 11, 2013, the US Department of State warns US citizens of the risks of travel to Chad and recommends citizens avoid ALL travel to eastern Chad and border regions. Because of security concerns, the US Embassy in Chad reviews all proposed travel by official US government personnel to areas outside the capital of N'Djamena, and its immediate surroundings before approving such arrangements. 

US citizens affiliated with humanitarian relief efforts similarly should review security precautions and consider measures to mitigate exposure to violent crime and other threats. US citizens residing in Chad should exercise caution throughout the country. 

The US Embassy in Chad operates as a fully accompanied post, meaning minor dependents of US government employees are permitted to travel to or accompany family members to N'Djamena. The security situation in Chad has slowly but steadily improved since the conclusion of an effective peace agreement between Sudan and Chad in early 2010. You should note, however, that despite recent stability, the security environment has been historically volatile and could still deteriorate unexpectedly. The Embassy, therefore, strongly recommends that all US citizens in Chad exercise caution and be prepared to implement their personal evacuation or safe haven plans on short notice should the situation warrant. US citizens in Chad should closely monitor news media and register with the US Embassy N'Djamena as well as monitor its website.

The frequency of violent crime in rural Chad is highly variable. Incidents of robbery, carjacking at gunpoint, and murder have been reported throughout the country. While there have been no kidnapping for ransom incidents in Chad since 2010, regional trends suggest this still could be a potential threat in the future. Violence is occasionally associated with car accidents and other events causing injury to Chadian nationals. Robbery victims have been beaten and killed, surgeons conducting unsuccessful medical interventions have been threatened with bodily harm, and law enforcement/military officials have been implicated in violent crime. In addition, although the last active rebel group was recently disarmed, armed groups might reemerge with little warning. The Government of Chad has few resources to guarantee the safety of visitors in rural Chad.

For the complete text of the updated travel warning: