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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Potential for Terrorist Attacks

July 26, 2015

The United States Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon alerts travelers to recent suicide bombing attacks in Fotokol on July 13th and Maroua on July 22nd and 25th.  Travel to the North and Far North regions, including the cities of Fotokol, Kolofata, Maroua, Mora, Garoua, and Kousseri should be avoided.  U.S. visitors should also consider the potential for Boko Haram to attempt to disrupt the announced visit of President Buhari of Nigeria to Yaounde on July 29, 2015, and take necessary precautions.  Currently, official U.S. government travel is prohibited north of Ngaoundere without the express permission of the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon. 

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

• See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Cameroon’s Country Specific Information.

• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

• Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon, located at 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 yaoundeacs@state.gov.

• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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