Chad Travel Warning
November 10, 2015
This Travel Warning informs U.S. citizens that the Department of State has terminated the Authorized Departure status for non-emergency personnel and dependents, who had previously departed Chad. These individuals may now return to the Embassy. The State Department nevertheless continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Chad. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on October 2.
U.S. citizens already in Chad should continue to avoid all travel to border regions, particularly those areas adjacent to Chad's eastern border and the Lake Chad region. The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services is limited in remote and rural areas. All U.S. citizens should review their personal security and have evacuation plans that can be carried out quickly. Do not rely solely on U.S. government assistance. All U.S. citizens affiliated with humanitarian relief efforts in eastern Chad should have an evacuation plan developed with the United Nations agency coordinating their work.
Violent extremist organizations in the region, such as Boko Haram (The Islamic State in the West Africa Province) and al-Qai'da in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, are intent on harming Westerners and Western interests and are able to cross borders easily. On June 15 and July 11, Boko Haram conducted suicide attacks in N'Djamena targeting a police station and a market. The group continues to be extremely active in Chad, targeting local security forces and civilians in the Lake Chad region. Kidnapping for ransom is also a threat in the region.
Chad's security environment is volatile and can deteriorate unexpectedly, especially along the border areas. There are Travel Warnings for neighboring Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Libya, Niger, Nigeria, and Sudan. U.S. citizens should also note there are minefields along the borders with Libya and Sudan, and that borders can close without warning.
U.S. citizens should take steps to mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violent crime or terrorism by being vigilant and aware of their surroundings, especially at public gatherings and locations frequented by foreigners, such as markets, restaurants, bars, and places of worship. Avoid crowds, especially those associated with car accidents, since these incidents can become confrontational. Similarly, avoid demonstrations because even peaceful assemblies can turn violent.
All U.S. government personnel require authorization from the U.S. Embassy to travel outside of N'Djamena, and may be subject to other restrictions, including curfews, as security situations warrant. U.S. citizens should consider taking similar precautions when making travel plans. Exercise caution throughout the country, especially at night.
For further information:
Contact the U.S. Embassy in N'Djamena,
located on Avenue Felix Eboue, at +(235) 2251-62-11, 2251-70-09, 2251-77-59, 2251-90-52, 2251-92-18, and 2251-92-33 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +235 6662-2100.
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).