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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cameroon National Day Celebrations

May 16, 2014

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens in Cameroon to avoid large public gatherings during the Cameroon National Day Celebrations that will be held around the country on May 20.  These gatherings present an elevated risk of crime, including an elevated risk of violence in the Far North region.  U.S. citizens should avoid such gatherings and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large protests, gatherings, or demonstrations.  On April 25, the U.S. Embassy issued a Travel Warning cautioning American citizens to avoid all travel to the Far North region where Boko Haram has actively targeted foreign expatriates resident in Cameroon and tourists.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Cameroon enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at, where the Worldwide CautionTravel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  Read the Country Specific Information for Cameroon.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé is located on Avenue Rosa Parks in the Mbankolo Quartier, adjacent to the Mount Febe Golf Club, is open 8 am to 5pm, and can be reached at (237) 2220-1500 ext. 4341/4023.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is (237) 2220-1500 ext. 4531.  The Embassy can also be contacted via e-mail by U.S. citizens at

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