The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that sporadic violence continues in the Gambella Region, which has witnessed ongoing unrest since April 15, resulting in over 200 deaths following armed incursions by elements of South Sudan’s Murle community. U.S. Government personnel are currently restricted from traveling to both Gambella town and the Gambella region
We advise all U.S. citizen residents in Gambella or planning travel 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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