Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Clearing of Naaba Koom Camp and Change in Curfew

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Burkina Faso military continues clearing the Naaba Koom Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) camp in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood, and explosions may be heard.  These explosions are a result of regular military units destroying munitions that ‎did not detonate during the September 29 assault on the camp.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the nationwide curfew hours have been adjusted to 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Embassy staff has been instructed to follow the curfew and respect military checkpoints.  Embassy staff has also been advised to avoid all locations south of Avenue Pascal Zagre (the east-west road between Hotel Laico and the Embassy), the Place de la Nation, military camps, and any other areas with concentrations of military.

U.S. citizens are urged to remain vigilant and to utilize appropriate personal security practices.  The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to maintain situational awareness and exercise good judgment.  Stay alert and remain aware of your surroundings.  Stay informed and abreast of local media reports.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Burkina Faso Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembene Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux,  at (+226) 25-49-53-00, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  If you are a U.S. citizen in an emergency situation after normal Embassy operating hours, please contact the Embassy, dial “1,” and ask to be connected to the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).