U.S. Citizen Services
As a result of the deteriorating security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Bangui suspended its operations on December 28, 2012, and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic. U.S. citizens who have decided to stay in CAR should review their personal security situation and seriously consider departing, taking advantage of commercial flights.
U.S. citizens in CAR who seek consular assistance should contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at CARemergencyUSC @state.gov or call 1-202-501-4444.
Please note that there are numerous restrictions upon foreigners who wish to travel in the CAR. Both residents and tourists must ensure that they have proper paperwork for any travel outside of Bangui. Travel to the southwest in particular requires a permit for all foreign travels due to the presence of sensitive mining areas. Travelers are encouraged to check with the authorities in Bangui, such as the Gendarmerie National, and/or the U.S. Embassy about possible restrictions in the areas they wish to travel.
Americans living or traveling in the CAR are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration web site so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within the CAR. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy during the American Citizen Services hours listed below. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenue David Dacko, B.P. 924, Bangui, tel: 2161-0200; fax: 2161-4494.