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Central African Republic Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 28, 2002

This Travel Warning is being issued to warn American citizens to defer travel to the Central African Republic due to reports of fighting in the capital city of Bangui.

On October 25, 2002 the American Embassy received reports of fighting and gunfire in Bangui. The security situation remains fluid and uncertain. 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. American citizens who reside in or travel to Central African Republic despite this Travel Warning should exercise maximum caution and take prudent measures such as avoiding crowds and demonstrations.

The Embassy's ability to provide consular assistance is severely limited. American citizens in the Central African Republic who need emergency services should contact the Embassy by telephone at (236) 61-02-00 extension 3303 and 3255 or 50-60-41. Occasionally, the U.S. mission in CAR may suspend service to the public and/or close because of security concerns. When experiencing these situations, the Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to American citizens via telephone.

For further information on travel to the Central African Republic, consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet for the Central African Republic at Please see also the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

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