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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (October 1, 2022)
October 1, 2022


Location:  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Event:  Civilians warned to seek shelter, schools closed nationally

The Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the area around the Monument of National Heroes (“Monuments des Martyrs”) and surrounding area due to heavy military presence and roadblocks there.  Reportedly, local security forces have advised the civilian population to seek shelter and stay off the streets.

The Ministry of Education issued a communique closing schools nationwide until further notice.  The airport remains closed.

Contact the Embassy at +226 25 49 53 00 if you are in need of immediate assistance.

Actions to Take:

·      Avoid the impacted areas.

·      Limit movement outside of your residence only to essential movement.

·      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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