Security Message: Djibouti Travel Alert

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Djibouti that a presidential election has been scheduled for April 8, 2016. There is a possibility that spontaneous protests will occur during the election cycle and some could turn violent. This Travel Alert expires on April 30.

During this time, U.S. citizens should avoid:

  • Voter polling places
  • Demonstrations
  • Political rallies
  • Large crowds of any kind

Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent with little or no warning, as violent clashes at a religious celebration in Balbala on December 21, 2015, demonstrated. At times, the U.S. Embassy may restrict U.S. government personnel from traveling to an area where protests may occur, due to security concerns.

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is closely monitoring election activity throughout Djibouti and will provide updates as the situation warrants on the Embassy website and via Facebook and Twitter. Please follow these sites as well as local media, be aware of your surroundings, and exercise good judgment in the coming weeks. General information on preparing for emergencies is available on U.S. Embassy Djibouti’s website.

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