An official website of the United States government

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Yaoundé, Cameroon
August 26, 2020

Location:   Yaoundé, Douala, and Countrywide  

Event:  Several improvised explosive devices have detonated throughout Cameroon in recent weeks.  Currently, there is no indication that these incidents were directed against U.S. citizens or property.  However, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid public markets and large gathering areas as much as possible, as these appear to be targeted areas

Actions to Take: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile;
  • Review your personal security plan;
  • Avoid crowded locations and monitor local media for updates;
  • If you notice any suspicious or unattended package or bag, immediately leave the area, encourage others to do so, and locate the nearest authority to report the item.  Do not use your cellphone while near any suspicious item; and,
  • Always carry proof of your legal presence in Cameroon, such as a U.S. passport with a valid Cameroonian visa or residency card.  Since Cameroon does not recognize dual citizenship, U.S. citizens of Cameroonian descent should never attempt to use a Cameroonian passport or identification card.