United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
March 12, 2008
This Travel Warning updates American citizens on the security situation in Cameroon. The situation has calmed considerably, though security forces remain visible throughout the country. The U.S. Embassy is open for full services. However, political developments or a resumption of taxi strikes could result in more violence. The Department of State recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Cameroon. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Cameroon dated February 28, 2008.
Between February 25 and February 29, violent demonstrations, roadblocks, looting, and clashes with police in Cameroon resulted in numerous fatalities and the arrests of approximately 1600 individuals. The worst violence was in Douala and the Littoral, South West, West, and North West provinces, but unrest also began in the capital city of Yaounde on the morning of February 27. Although critical services quickly deteriorated and there were temporary shortages of food, fuel, and water, as well as transportation disruptions, throughout the country, those services have returned to normal. The situation has calmed considerably, though security forces remain visible throughout the country.
On February 28, the Department of State authorized the departure from Cameroon of eligible family members of American employees of the U.S. Embassy. Although the U.S. Embassy is open for full services, the Department continues to recommend that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Cameroon. American citizens remaining in Cameroon despite this warning should monitor the U.S. Embassy Yaounde website at http://cm.usembassy.gov > and should make contingency plans.
U.S. citizens or family members concerned for the safety of American citizens in Cameroon or seeking updated information on travel and security in the country may call 24/7 at 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada. Callers outside the United States or Canada should call our regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. American citizens in Cameroon are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy.
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