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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bujumbura (Burundi), Large Fire at Central Market in Bujumbura

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This Emergency Message is to alert all U.S. citizens living in Burundi of a large fire at the Central Market in Bujumbura.  The cause of the fire is unknown, but it appears to be contained.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area surrounding the Central Market.  Please contact the Embassy Duty Officer at +257 79 938 841 or the Consular Officer at +257 79 913 129 if in need of emergency Consular Services.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bujumbura web site.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at- 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

If you are going to live in or travel to Burundi, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up.