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Uganda Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 16, 2010

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Uganda to safety and security issues related to the African Union Summit scheduled for July 18 to 27, 2010.  U.S citizens should maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  This Travel Alert expires on August 15, 2010. The African Union Summit is scheduled to be held July 18 to 27, 2010, at the Speke Munyonyo conference site in Kampala, Uganda.  The Department of State strongly encourages all U.S. citizens to consider the risk of proximity to large public gatherings, which can be vulnerable targets for extremist or terrorist groups.  

On July 11, 2010, terrorists bombed two public venues in Kampala, killing 74 people and injuring scores of others, highlighting the vulnerabilities of large public gatherings in Uganda.  All U.S. citizens should consider the possibility of similar terrorist attacks occurring in conjunction with the African Union Summit.  

The U.S. Embassy is located at Plot 1577 Ggaba Road.  The Embassy may periodically close to the public in response to security developments.  U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Uganda should consult the Department of State’s latest Country Specific Information for Uganda.  U.S. citizens should register with the Embassy by completing a registration form on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.  U.S. citizens in Uganda who need emergency assistance should contact the Embassy at (256) (0) (414) 306 001 or (256) (0) (414) 259 791.  U.S. citizens may also request assistance from the Consular Section by sending emails to KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov .  

Current information on safety and security may also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

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