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Warden Message

Update on Security in Northern Burkina Faso - Corrected

August 4, 2010

PLEASE NOTE: The following message is superseded by the Warden Message dated September 23, 2010, and is no longer in effect as written. Please consult the September 23 message.

The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou is issuing this warden message to further inform U.S. citizens of the security situation in northern Burkina Faso and to update information sent previously as warden messages on June 5, June 7, and July 1.

Because of ongoing events in the Sahel region, referenced in the July 29 Travel Warning for Mali and involving the Al Qa’ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorist organization, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou urges extreme caution when traveling to the northern Sahelian region of Burkina Faso. 

Additionally, in light of developments, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou has refined its travel policy within Burkina Faso.  Currently, all official U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling to rural areas north of the road between Djibo and Dori; any exceptions to these travel restrictions require prior authorization.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid all travel to this region as well, and to exercise caution and heightened awareness when traveling near Burkina Faso’s northern borders with Mali and Niger.  U.S. citizens should review the current travel warnings for Mali and Niger, the Country Specific Information for Burkina Faso, and the State Department’s Worldwide Caution.   

The State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services publishes the latest travel information on the Department of State Consular Affairs web site.  That office can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from within the United States and Canada, or by calling 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Burkina Faso are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the Department of State's Travel Registration website, so they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Burkina Faso.  Citizens without Internet access may register directly with the Embassy.  By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.  The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou is located in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembène Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux.

Additional local information, including recent warden messages, is available on the Embassy Ouagadougou web site.  For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy’s primary phone number, +226 50 49 53 00, press “1” and ask to speak to the duty officer.

The Consular Section
U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
+226 50 49 53 00