Chad Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 25, 2005

This Public Announcement is being updated to alert U.S. citizens to continuing security concerns throughout Chad, and especially along Chad's borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). This Public Announcement supercedes the Public Announcement of April 21, 2005 and expires on January 20, 2006.

There are increased tensions along the CAR border following the recent influx of over 10,000 CAR refugees into Chadian border towns. Over 30,000 CAR refugees already are living in the region as a result of the 2002-2003 civil war in the CAR.

All regions in Chad continue to experience a rise in the number of reported incidents of highway banditry targeting civilians. Three foreigners were either killed or critically injured this year as a result of highway attacks. NGO convoys have also been targeted in these incidents.

Tensions along Chad's border with Sudan continue to affect the security environment in the region. Gunmen shot at an NGO vehicle in Goz Beida, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has declared a road from Abeche to Goz Beida off-limits to UN traffic.

U.S. citizens are strongly urged to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety when traveling throughout the country. When traveling anywhere in the country, American citizens should travel in groups, keep a cell phone or two way radio in reach at all times, avoid travel after dusk, and leave detailed travel plans with a reliable point of contact or with the U.S. Embassy in N'Djamena.

U.S. citizens in Chad are advised to register their presence in the country with the U.S. Department of State, and provide contact information. Registrants should use the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in N'Djamena. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located in N'Djamena on Avenue Felix Ebou; mailing address is B.P. 413; telephone: (235) 51-62-11, 51-70-09, 51-77-59, 51-90-52, 51-92-18, and 51-92-33; fax: (235) 51-56-54. The Embassy's website is http://usembassy.state.gov/ndjamena. American NGO groups should also register with the UNHCR security offices in Abeche.

U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's most recent Consular Information Sheet for Chad, 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.

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