Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Demonstrations and Unrest

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of clashes between security forces and protesters in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and other cities, which have included gunfire and tear gas. Remain indoors in a safe location until further notice.

Security forces have established checkpoints and military deployments and have initiated aggressive ID checks and car searches in certain areas of Kinshasa. Carry identification with you in case you encounter a checkpoint.

The U.S. Embassy is expected to remain open on Wednesday, December 21.

U.S. citizens should:

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.

Always exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

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 DRC and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council