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

Location: Downtown Ouagadougou

Event: On March 2, 2018 gunmen attacked multiple locations in the downtown Ouagadougou area. The shelter-in-place order for U.S. Embassy personnel has been lifted. However movements in and around Ouagadougou, especially after dark, are to be limited until further notice.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area of downtown Ouagadougou.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.


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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