Information for Travelers
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
December 10, 2013
Note: Check security messages for U.S. citizens in Central African Republic on the right.
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Safety
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to be mindful of personal safety during the holiday season in Cameroon. Criminal activity (petty street crime and violent crimes) often increases around this time of year, especially in the cities of Douala and Yaoundé. The best security practices begin at home and all U.S. citizens are advised to review the following security procedures with family and household staff.
If you are the victim of a crime:
- Be compliant. Do not fight back.
- If possible, seek shelter in a nearby restaurant, business, or hotel.
- Seek assistance from police/gendarmes if they are nearby.
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.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Cameroon. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” 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, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Google play store 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 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 is (237) 2220-1500 ext. 4531. The Embassy can also be contacted via e-mail by U.S. citizens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Central African Republic
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