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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: N’Djamena (Chad), Embassy Curfew and Security Precautions

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The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review security recommendations outlined in the most recent U.S. Travel Warning for Chad, and to remain alert for potentially dangerous situations. The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid locations frequented by expatriates, including markets, western-style shops, restaurants, bars, and places of worship. U.S. citizens should also avoid groups larger than six people and be particularly cautious at peak shopping times and at night. While there are presently no specific threats against U.S. citizens in Chad, there are violent extremist organizations in the region, such as Boko Haram, that are able to cross borders easily, and have vowed to target westerners and western interests. The U.S. Embassy in Chad reviews all proposed travel by official U.S. government personnel to Chad. Due to security concerns, there are currently limitations on U.S. government personnel's non-official evening and weekend activities within the capital, N'Djamena. A curfew has been imposed for all U.S. government personnel's personal activities from midnight to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends. All U.S. government personnel require authorization to travel to areas outside of N'Djamena. We encourage all U.S. citizens to review security precautions and consider similar measures to mitigate exposure to violent crime and other threats. Please exercise caution throughout the country and maintain vigilance in daily affairs, even when visiting familiar locations.

 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Chad enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. If you have already enrolled, remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or when updating information to include your current phone number and e-mail address so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Chad), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Chad. For additional information, refer to the "Traveler's Checklist" on the State Department's website.

 

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 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). Follow us on Twitterand Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.The U.S. Embassy is located in N'Djamena at Avenue Felix Eboue; mailing address B.P. 413, N'Djamena, Chad and is open from Monday through Thursday from 7:30 until 17:00 and Friday from 7:30 until 12:30. The Embassy telephone number is +235 22-51-70-09. The Embassy fax number is +235 22-51-56-54.

 

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is +235 66-62-21-00 or +235 2251-70-09. Ask to speak with the duty officer.