Politically motivated protests and demonstrations are likely to occur throughout Uganda and especially in the Arua region tonight and into tomorrow. Increased traffic congestion and the possibility of politically motivated demonstrations/public gatherings in the Kampala area are also likely.
While it is unknown where demonstrations may occur, the following areas are most likely:
Action to take:
- Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
- Photographing police or military personnel and official government buildings is prohibited and that they should not attempt to photograph protests and demonstrations.
- Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
- See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information Uganda.
- 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 Uganda, located at Plot 1577 Ggaba Road, Kampala, Uganda, at +256-414-259791, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is + 256 772 138 910, or + 0 772 138 910.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).