Security Alert: Ordered Departure of Family Members of U.S. Government Employees from U.S. Embassy N’Djamena
Event: On April 17, 2021, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from U.S. Embassy N’Djamena due to civil unrest and armed violence.
Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena. Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. Government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline. U.S. citizens in Chad wishing to depart should take advantage of commercial flights.
The government of Chad may impose travel restrictions without notice, which may affect travel plans. The government of Chad may block communications channels, including telephone service, social media, and internet.
The U.S. Government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Chad as U.S. Government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of the capital, including the Lake Chad Basin.
Actions to Take:
Have a personal emergency action plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Take advantage of commercial transportation options, if you wish to depart Chad.
- The U.S. Government discourages travel to areas in northern Chad.
- Reconsider any travel within Chad outside the city of N’Djamena.
- Monitor local media for updates. Check regularly for updates from the Embassy and the U.S. Department of State (links below).
- U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena, located at Chagoua Round Point.
- Telephone +235 22-51-50-17.
- After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +235 66-62-21-00 or +235 22-51-50-17.
- State Department – Consular Affairs - 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Chad Country Information
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