Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Location:  Ouagadougou

Event:  Heightened police presence in Ouagadougou.  U.S. government personnel are subject to an Embassy-imposed curfew from 10:00 PM to dawn, until further notice.  Most schools are open as of March 6, 2018.

Actions to Take:  

  • Avoid the areas of the March 2, 2018 attacks in downtown Ouagadougou and areas controlled by police and gendarmerie checkpoints or barricades.
  • Approach cautiously and cooperate if stopped at a checkpoint or barricade by law enforcement in Ouagadougou.
  • Consult your individual school for opening/closure information.
  • Limit daytime movement in and around Ouagadougou, avoid travel after dark.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Stay alert near government buildings and in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.


U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

(226) 25 49 53 00

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Burkina Faso Country Information 

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