Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Djibouti

Location: Djibouti, Djibouti

Event: On Friday April 9, 2021, Djibouti will hold general elections.  In the runup to April 9, it is anticipated that President Guelleh, senior government officials and other prominent party members  may be holding and / or attending political rallies.  Additionally, the possibility of anti-government events or protests  exists.  Any of these events will likely add to the increased security presence on the roadways and around the city.

Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with little notice, and even those intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence. As with any public space, there is also the opportunity for criminal elements or terrorists to target participants, visitors, or the location.  If you inadvertently end up in the midst, or close to an event such as this, please reverse course as quickly and safely as possible.  You should avoid areas of gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, and exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any such events.

Actions to Take:  

  • U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Avoid crowds and remain alert when using public transportation.
  • Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.