Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Banjul (The Gambia), Shelter in Place

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens in The Gambia to shelter in place Wednesday and Thursday, January 18 and 19, due to the risk of armed conflict. U.S. citizens who remained in The Gambia after the U.S. embassy issued a Travel Warning on January 7 should review their personal security situation and seriously consider departing now, while commercial flights are still available.

The U.S. Embassy will temporarily close to all non-emergency services at noon on January 18 and remain closed Thursday, January 19. U.S. citizens requiring emergency services may call the U.S. Embassy at +(220) 437-5270. Normal operations will resume once the security situation warrants.

U.S. citizens should:

Remain indoors in a safe location after noon January 18 and all day January 19.

Avoid demonstrations.

Be sure to have extra food, water and medication on hand.

Establish a communication plan with your friends and family, so they know when to expect to hear from you.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. U.S. citizens should review the Travel Warning for The Gambia and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

Additional recommendations on emergency preparedness are available on the Travel.State.gov web page "What Can You Do in a Crisis Abroad?"

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council