Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens – Possible Demonstrations
August 9, 2011
Multiple sources including newspapers and non-governmental organizations are reporting demonstrations may be held in several cities across Malawi in coming weeks. Similar to the July demonstrations, these demonstrations may be widespread and include large numbers of demonstrators.
We remind you that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. We urge you to avoid common demonstration areas such as government offices and/or parliament buildings. Exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. You should avoid large gatherings. We suggest having several days' worth of provisions in your residence, as we saw stores close unexpectedly during July’s demonstrations. Stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you are in an area where you believe you are threatened, leave the area immediately.
U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A safe trip abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
U.S. Embassy, Lilongwe, Malawi
Area 40, Plot 24, Kenyatta Drive, Box 30016, Lilongwe 3
Emergency after-hours telephone: 0999960178