Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Unrest in Oromia

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor reports of sporadic violence in Oromia National Regional State. The U.S. Embassy has lifted specific restrictions on U.S. Chief of Mission employees for travel on the corridor between Shashamane and Mojo and the Ambo road. The Embassy may restrict personnel from travel in Oromia as the security situation dictates.

We advise all U.S. citizen residents in the State of Oromia or traveling to the region to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; avoid large gatherings and demonstrations and monitor local, international and social media for news.

We also advise U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Ethiopia.
  • 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 in Addis Ababa, located at Entoto Street, P.O. Box 1014, at+251-111-306000 or e-mail at, Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +251-111-306911 or 011-130-6000.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).
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