Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Western District of Kasese

U.S. Embassy Kampala alerts U.S. citizens to ongoing violent confrontations between Ugandan security forces and armed elements in the western district of Kasese near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reports indicate several deaths have resulted from the conflict so far.  This area is near popular tourist destinations such as national parks and the Rwenzori Mountains.  ... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations on October 3

The Embassy is aware of the potential for demonstrations on October 3 in connection with the return of opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye to Uganda. Dr. Besigye is expected to arrive and hold a press conference at Entebbe International Airport on the morning of October 3. Following his press conference, Dr. Besigye plans to proceed by car to the headquarters of his political party, Forum for De... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstrations on October 3

United States Embassy Kampala, Uganda Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Possible Demonstrations on October 3 September 30, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the potential for demonstrations on October 3 in connection with the return of opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye to Uganda.  Dr. Besigye is expected to arrive and hold a press conference at Entebbe International Airport on ... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Anti-U.S. Rhetoric (September 29, 2016)

U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Increased Anti-U.S. Rhetoric September 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of increased anti-U.S. rhetoric on social media in connection with an incident in California on September 27 in which police shot and killed a man who was reportedly from Uganda.  Due to the potential for violence or demonstrations that could ar... Read More »

The U.S. Embassy Kampala advises its citizens to be vigilant and cautious if traveling to or living near the city of Arua at this time.

The U.S. Embassy Kampala advises its citizens to be vigilant and cautious if traveling to or living near the city of Arua at this time.  We have received reports of clashes between protesters and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) at the Ediofe Cathedral approximately three kilometers outside of the Arua town center.  Additional reports indicate that youth groups associated with the protests are gat... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Arua Protests

The U.S. Embassy Kampala advises its citizens to be vigilant and cautious if traveling to or living near the city of Arua at this time.  We have received reports of clashes between protesters and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) at the Ediofe Cathedral approximately three kilometers outside of the Arua town center.  Additional reports indicate that youth groups associated with the protests are gath... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Reminder

As the anniversary of September 11 approaches, U.S. citizens are cautioned to maintain vigilance in the face of the worldwide threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. interests and the ongoing threat of attacks in Uganda from al-Shabaab. As stated in the Department of State’s March 2016 Worldwide Caution, “Current information suggests ISIL, al-Qa’ida. Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terr... Read More »

Security Message: Potential Disturbances Surrounding Presidential Inauguration

The Embassy in Kampala informs U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Uganda of the possibility of sporadic disturbances in the run-up to and during the May 12 swearing-in and inauguration ceremony of the President, which will take place in Kampala (Kololo Ceremonial Ground). U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain aware of the evolving security situation during this period. U.S.... Read More »

Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in multiple reg... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to refrain from driving or being on the streets in Kampala for the remainder of the day. Since midday, the Embassy has received some reports of disturbances at or near polling stations in Kampala, including the blocking of streets with large rocks, the throwing of rocks, and the setting of small fires. In addition, we advise U.S. citizens to monitor local med... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: National Election Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to practice safety and security measures because of the potential for political unrest before, during and after the February 18 national elections.  Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. U.S. citiz... Read More »

Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Uganda to the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 18, and local elections scheduled between February 24 and March 10.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period.  This Travel Alert expires on March 31, 2016. The State Department recomm... Read More »

Consular Warden Message to U.S. Citizens in Uganda

The U.S. Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens in Uganda of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Kampala and Entebbe from November 27 – 29.  Those in and around the Kampala and Entebbe areas should anticipate road closures and transportation delays.  Also, large gatherings are expected throughout these areas during the visit.  The U.S. Embassy will remain open November 27, and the consular... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens : National Election Season Security Reminder

The Embassy in Kampala reminds U.S. citizens to practice safety and security measures because of the increased potential for political unrest during the national election season.  Local media has been reporting that election-related demonstrations may occur and result in isolated incidents of violence among rival political groups. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontation... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Reminder

As the anniversary of September 11 approaches, U.S. citizens are cautioned to maintain vigilance in the face of the worldwide threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. interests and the ongoing threat of attacks in Uganda from Al-Shabaab. We recommend that U.S. citizens review their personal security plans, maintain a high level of vigilance at all times, and take appropriate steps to enhance perso... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat Against Martyr Day Celebrations

The U.S. Embassy in Uganda alerts U.S. citizens of a reported threat against the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo and other government buildings during the week of Martyr Day Celebrations.  Police contacts and media have expressed concern about the possibility of terrorist activity on Martyrs Day, celebrated on June 3, and have advised that security agencies will deploy heavily in and around th... Read More »

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Threat to Western Interests

The U.S Embassy has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners, including U.S. citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon.  Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Mission has cancelled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels in the coming days.  U.S. citizens staying or visiting hotels should expect increased securi... Read More »

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda Message for U.S. Citizens Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots (22 October 2014) Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absen... Read More »

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Confirmed in Kampala

U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Confirmed in Kampala October 6, 2014 On October 5, 2014 the Uganda Ministry of Health confirmed the death of a health care worker diagnosed with Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever in Kampala.  Laboratory investigations have confirmed Marburg virus in this case.  The Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization... Read More »

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Third Update: Disruption of al-Shabaab Terrorist Plot

Overnight the Embassy has continued to track developments related to the al-Shabaab terrorist plot and to coordinate with Ugandan authorities.   We are updating our assessment of the security situation.  Although all government actions have moved forward effectively and, to this point, without violence, we believe it is prudent for all U.S. citizens to continue to shelter-in-place until we are ... Read More »

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Update: Disruption of al-Shabaab Terrorist Plot

Today Ugandan authorities reported the discovery of an al-Shabaab terrorist cell in Kampala, Uganda.  We remain in close contact with our Ugandan counterparts as investigations continue into what appears to have been planning for an imminent attack.  We urge that you exercise all possible caution, remaining at home or in a safe location until the all clear is issued.  At this point we are not a... Read More »

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Second Update: Disruption of al-Shabaab Terrorist Plot

We are continuing our engagement with Ugandan authorities as we seek to assess the scope of the disrupted al-Shabaab terrorist plot and whether there are members of the cell still at large.  As a cautionary measure, and to give authorities time to put their heightened security measures in place, we urge all U.S. citizens to continue to shelter in place through this evening.  We will provide an u... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 9/11 Anniversary and Ongoing Terrorist Threats

U.S. Embassy Kampala reminds U.S. citizens of the upcoming anniversary of 9/11 and to stay alert to the ongoing potential for terrorist attacks in Uganda.  We also caution U.S. citizens of the possibility of retaliatory attacks in Uganda by al-Shabaab in response to the U.S. and Ugandan military actions in Somalia last week which killed al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane.  The targets for these atta... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Western Uganda

U.S. Embassy Kampala alerts U.S. citizens of violent attacks against security installations and civilians in the western districts of Bundibuguyo, Ntoroko, and Kasese near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Dozens of people have been killed in these attacks since July 5.  This area includes popular tourist destinations such as national parks and the Rwenzori Mountains.... Read More »

Possible Attack at Entebbe International Airport

The U.S Embassy has received information from the Uganda Police Force (UPF) that according to intelligence sources there is a specific threat to attack Entebbe International Airport by an unknown terrorist group today, July 3rd, between the hours of 2100-2300. Individuals planning travel through the airport this evening may want to review their plans in light of this information. U.S. Embassy Kamp... Read More »

Security Precautions during the 2014 World Cup

U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Precautions during the 2014 World Cup  June 4, 2014 The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution when attending large viewing establishments that may attract large crowds during the 2014 World Cup, which begins June 12 and ends on July 13 (taking place in Brazil).  During the 2010 World Cup, twin bombings in ... Read More »

Potential for a Terrorist Attack in Kampala

This message is to alert U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy has received information regarding a specific terrorist threat in Kampala.  The threat information indicates a group of attackers may be preparing to strike places of worship in Kampala, particularly churches, including some that may be frequented by expatriates, in May or June.  The Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to exercise judgment ... Read More »

Department of State Worldwide Caution

The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 25, 2013, to provi... Read More »

Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi will be hosting a town hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm.  Ambassador DeLisi, consular staff, and other Embassy representatives will be speaking, and there will be time for questions from guests.  Special topics for this town hall will include taxes and overseas voting, and representatives from USAID, CDC, Pe... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act

On February 24, 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed and enacted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Anti-Homosexuality Act permits the imprisonment, for up to seven years, of anyone who “attempts to promote or in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.” Since some of the language in the law is vague and appears open to interpretation, the Embassy cannot predict with any conf... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for a Terrorist Attack in Kampala

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding a specific terrorist threat to Kampala.  The threat information indicates that a group of attackers is possibly in place and ready to strike targets inside Kampala in February or March.  There are indications that the Ugandan National Museum is one of the potential targets.  As potential targets can change, the Embassy cautions U.S. citizens t... Read More »
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