Burundi Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Aug 13, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to inform American citizens that the
Department of State has lifted the ordered departure status of non-emergency
employees at the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi. However, the Department
continues to alert U.S. citizens to ongoing safety and security concerns in
Burundi and the surrounding Great Lakes Region. This supersedes the Travel
Warning of July 13, 2003.
Although non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura are now
permitted to return to Burundi, the Department of State continues to warn
U.S. citizens against travel to Burundi. The Department urges private
American citizens in Burundi to exercise caution and maintain security
awareness at all times.
Burundi has been plagued by civil war since 1993. As the result of a peace
process undertaken by many of Burundi's political parties, a three-year
transition government was installed on November 1, 2001. Two rebel factions
continue combat operations, one concentrated around Bujumbura and the other
in several areas of the country. Fighting between rebel forces and
government troops can be intense, and often involves non-government,
Rebels have launched rocket and mortar attacks on Bujumbura and other major
cities. Gunfire in and around the capital has resulted in numerous injuries
and deaths. Vehicles on the nation's major roads have been attacked
regularly. The Embassy assesses that further attacks are possible.
The U.S. Embassy in Burundi operates with a limited staff and restricts the
travel of U.S. Government personnel within the capital, while travel outside
the capital is limited to travel by air only. Family members are prohibited
from accompanying U.S. Government employees assigned to Burundi, and
personnel assigned to Burundi on a temporary basis may have their visits
cancelled or curtailed. U.S. Government personnel are strictly prohibited
from flying to, from, or within Burundi during the hours of darkness.
The Government of Burundi maintains a curfew for Bujumbura, as does the U.S.
Embassy. Curfew hours may be adjusted from time to time due to changing
security conditions. Please contact the U.S. Embassy for the most
up-to-date curfew information.
U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Burundi despite this Travel Warning
should establish and maintain contact with the U.S. Embassy. American
citizens needing updated travel and security information should contact the
Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at Avenue Etats-Unis, telephone (257)
223-454, fax (257) 222-926.
For further information on travel abroad, please consult the Department of
State's latest Consular Information publications, including the Worldwide
Caution Public Announcement , which are
available at http://travel.state.gov.