Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Guinea-Bissau

United States Embassy Dakar, Senegal

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Guinea-Bissau

May 31, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has received reports of demonstrations in Guinea-Bissau. In addition, the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea-Bissau, known as ECOMIB, has begun a planned withdrawal of its peacekeeping forces from the country.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

There is no U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau. Consular services are provided by the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Guinea-Bissau are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Guinea-Bissau Country Specific Information.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, located at 49 Route des Almadies +221 33 879 4000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +221 33 879 4000 , or +221 33 879 4444.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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