Central African Republic Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. State Department
May 30, 2001
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to the Central African Republic due to the uncertain security situation following an attempted coup in the capital city of Bangui. On May 28, military forces loyal to former President Kolingba launched an attack on a number of government and military installations. There are reports of sporadic fighting in Bangui and its suburbs; other regions of the Central African Republic remain calm. Bangui's international airport is under government control but is closed to regularly scheduled commercial air service.
Although the conflict does not appear to be directed toward U.S. citizens or the general civilian population, the U.S. Embassy has advised U.S. citizens in Bangui to review their personal security situations and to remain in their homes until the situation stabilizes. The Embassy has temporarily suspended operations to the public, and its ability to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic is severely limited. American citizens needing emergency assistance should contact the Embassy by calling (236) 61-0200.