Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Security Awareness

Security Message for U.S. Citizens
United States Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon
Increased Security Awareness
March 4, 2016

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that Cameroonian Security Forces are increasing their presence at hotels, government buildings, and other public areas, including at ministries, army barracks, military hospitals, and “crowded places”, over the weekend of March 4 in response to possible threats against public venues in Yaoundé.

The U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé reminds all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, exercise due caution, and monitor reliable news sources for current information. Historically, large open markets, hotels, parks, and sporting venues have been targeted by groups with nefarious intentions.

On March 3, the Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution reminding U.S. citizens of the high risk of traveling to the Far North region of Cameroon. The U.S. Embassy continues to maintain restrictions on travel by U.S. official personnel to the North, Far North, and East Regions of Cameroon. This includes any travel to the north of and to the east of Ngaoundéré, in the eastern Adamawa Region.

Additionally, U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution when traveling within 60 miles / 100 kilometers of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa State in the North and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon, the border area with Chad and the border areas with CAR. Violence, banditry and military operations in border areas can quickly spill over into Cameroon.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for Cameroon , Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Cameroon.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens who decide to travel to or remain in Cameroon despite this Travel Warning are urged to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through STEP.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon located on Avenue Rosa Parks close to the Mont Febe Golf Club in Yaounde, at +237 22220-1500 ext. 4341/4023 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +237 22220-1500 ext. 4531.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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