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Burkina Faso Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 04, 2015

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the risks of travel to Burkina Faso during the October/November election season. This Travel Alert expires on November 30, 2015.

Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled on October 11 with a possible second round of elections occurring in early November. U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness and exercise caution during the electoral period and avoid political rallies, campaign events, demonstrations, polling stations, and crowds of any kind in the weeks before and after the elections. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

We encourage U.S. citizens to monitor local news stations for updates. There is presently no reason to believe U.S. citizens would be specifically targeted in the event of election-related unrest, but instances of civic unrest through the election period are possible. U.S. citizens should maintain adequate supplies of food, water, essential medicines, and other supplies to shelter in place for at least 72 hours should this become necessary. Additional recommendations on emergency preparedness are available on the Travel.State.gov web page “Emergencies Abroad.”

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