Travel Warning – Chad February 03, 2008

Published by February 24, 2008

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

February 03, 2008

This Travel Warning updates U.S. citizens about serious safety and security concerns in Chad.  On February 2, 2008, the Department of State ordered the departure of all family members of American employees and non-emergency American employees at the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena.  Emergency Embassy employees have relocated to the N’Djamena Airport. There have been reports of gunfire and looting in the capital.  This supersedes the Travel Warning of February 2, 2008.

The U.S. Embassy is temporarily unable to receive phone calls.  American citizens in Chad who would like assistance departing the country  should contact the Department of State immediately at 1-202-501-4444 .  Anyone wishing to inform us of American citizens in Chad or to obtain up-to-date information on security conditions should call 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

American citizens should defer all travel to Chad due to the unstable security situation throughout the country.  On January 30, 2008, rebels began their approach to the capital city N’Djamena.  There has been active fighting between rebel forces and Chadian military forces in and around N’Djamena.  Americans who choose not to depart Chad should closely monitor news media and the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://ndjamena.usembassy.gov.  The ability of the U.S. Embassy to assist American citizens remaining in Chad is severely limited.

The recent “Arche de Zoe” affair, in which a French organization was accused of kidnapping Chadian children, has heightened government scrutiny of humanitarian and other organizations.  Demonstrations targeting westerners have taken place and may recur.

U.S. citizens affiliated with humanitarian relief efforts in eastern Chad are strongly urged to coordinate travel plans with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) security offices in Abeche and N’Djamena, and to follow UNHCR guidance regarding safety and security.  The government of Chad requires all individuals traveling to or residing in refugee-affected areas in eastern Chad to obtain permits issued by the Ministry of Territorial Administration in N’Djamena, and to register in Abeche upon arrival in eastern Chad.

American citizens who intend to enter Sudan from Chad despite the Department’s Travel Warnings for both countries must obtain the appropriate visas and permits in advance of entry into Sudan.  Further information is available in the Department’s Travel Warning for Sudan.

American citizens traveling to or resident in Chad should register with the U.S. Embassy by completing a registration form on line at https://travelregistration.state.gov and provide contact information and specific travel data if traveling outside the capital.  Registration enables the Embassy to contact American citizens in case of emergency and provide updates on the security situation as necessary.  The U.S. Embassy is located in N’Djamena on Avenue Felix Ebou; mailing address B.P. 413; telephone (including after hours): (235) 251-70-09, 251-62-11, 251-90-52, 251-92-33, 251-77-59, 251-9218, and 51-92-33; fax (235) 51-56-54; web site http://ndjamena.usembassy.gov.

For additional information, consult the Department of State’s latest Country Specific Information for Chad and the Worldwide Caution at http://travel.state.gov, or call 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

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