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

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the continued potential for unrest in sections of Kinshasa going into the weekend although there are no reports of planned protests. On September 19 and 20, large-scale demonstrations erupted into violent clashes resulting in fatalities between demonstrators and security forces in Kinshasa and elsewhere in the country. The security situation in Kinshasa remains uncertain following these political protests. U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and avoid any non-essential travel to and around Kinshasa, especially outside Gombe. As U.S. government travel to the DRC continues to remain temporarily halted, U.S. citizens should also reconsider the need to travel elsewhere in the DRC.

Embassy Kinshasa reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 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